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THE PILGRIM 



V OL. 27 JANUARY, 1980 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



MI NEW YEAR AIM 

Not yet attained I But still my feet are pressing 

Toward those heights which lie outstretched before; 

That which the past has held of heavenly blessing 

Will not suffice; I hunger still for more. 

And now as dawns for me one more new year, 

So grant, Lord, 'twill bring me yet more near. 

More near to Theei Yea, Lordi, and ever nearer, 

Forgetting all the things now left behind; 

My aim is higher ground, with vision clearer, 

To see Thee close, though steep the path may wind. 

Forgive, Lord, the blindness of the past; 

Be still my guide, I pray, and hold me fasti 

"One' thing I dot" My time cannot be squandered 

In grieving o'er mistakes of years now gone; 

Though in side paths my feet have ofttimes wandered, 

Yet reach I forward still — Lord, help me on I 

And grant this year, in mercy given to me, 

May lead to unt rod heights, close, close to Thee. 

By Pearl Howard 

Selected from The Church Correspondent 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the 
members or the Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free 
on request. Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 
ADDRESS: THE PILGRIM. 19201 CHEROKEE RD„ TUOLUMNE, CA. 95379 



PERILOUS TIMES 



"We are living in perilous times." How often have 
we heard this statement! Some may think this warning 
is tired and overworked. But to me it is like an old 
prophet of God. He may be tired. He may be over- 
worked, and people- may be weary of his message. But 
still ; his vcdce must be heard because it is^the -mes- 
sage of truth and needs to' be repeated as the testi- 
mony of the Lord no matter how many stop listening. 

As we begin a new year it is well to take our heads 
cut of r the "sarid" of our. earthly labors and concerns 
and to scan the horizon and the country around us. 
Are the times really perilous? Some may say, "God's 
people never had it so good. With radio, IV, and 
travel the Gospel ca.n spread as never before. With 
all our wealth we can help" the needy world. What a 
testimony of God r s blessings on the r Christian world 1 
. . . " Some of this thinking is true and useful. But 
let's look at our situation with' our gadgets , our in- 
come, ,,qui; spare tim^, and all the temptation that 
would draw 1 ., u.s" away from the modest, simple Christian 
life. Are. we in perilous times? 

Paul wrote .in two places to Timothy about this. 
II Timothy 3?1 7 Z says, "This know also, that in the 
last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be 
lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, 
etc." And in I Timothy 4:1 % ''Now the Spirit speaketh 
expressly, tbftt. in the latter times some shall depart 
from the -faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and 
doctrines of devils ..." 

If Paul speaks of our time, and it seems obvious 
that he does, then it is useful and even important to 
compare our "perilous" times to those ages that were 
safer for the Christian faith. We will find that 
Satan has always been at work, but the intensity and 



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angle of attack change. "Seducing spirits" are those 
that would deceive and draw us away from the truth, 
not with the violence of former ages, but in a way 
that makes it appear that all is well. 

Was it really safer for the Ghurch when the times 
were less prosperous and materialistic? We do want 
to appreciate our freedoms and our many comforts and 
blessings. But what really is important to the 
Christian? Solomon looked at all his work, his pos- 
sessions and gardens and trees and cattle and all the 
things that he enjoyed and made these statements: 
(Ecclesiastes 2:11 ) "Then I looked on all the works 
that my hands had laboured to do: and, behold, all was 
vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit 
under the sun." Ecclesiastes 5:10: "He that loveth 
silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that 
loveth abundance with increase: this also is vanity." 
Ecclesiastes 5:15: ,r As he came forth of his mother 1 s 
womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and 
shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry 
away in his hand." This was from a man who was 
blessed with material goods and the wisdom to use 
them. His conclusions, learned from experience, show 
there is no real, lasting value in these things. 

Jesus spoke positively on the subject when He said, 
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his right- 
eousness; and all these things (the ne edful things) 
shall be added unto you." 

We might say that materialism itself is not the 
greatest problem. 'The real problem is the neglect of 
the greater values "that materialism surely brings. We 
need to see values as they really are. We used to 
hear, "All that glitters is not gold." As we meet eur 
friends and people in general, we see that their bodies 
appear healthy and their faces in good color. How 

would we all appear if we could see — as God can see 

the health of the soul? Psalm 106*15 tells of the 
lust Israel in the wilderness had for comforts, earth- 
ly goods, and pleasures. It says, "And he gave them 
their request; but sent leanness into their soul." If 
our desires and values are on the pleasures of this 



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short life, we can count on leanness of soul though 
our bodies may appear healthy- 
Some of the purest expressions of faith, hope, and 
joy came from the martyrs' prisons where men and wom- 
en, fathers and mothers, were awaiting the death of 
the body and had already experienced the loss of fam- 
ily, friends, and all earthly possessions but were 
awaiting also deliverance and the supreme joy of God's 
presence and His approval. Nothing else mattered. 
Were those people living in safer, less perilous 
times when the choices were' more clear— when black 
was very black and white was white with no gray area 
of uncertainty? 

Our perils today : ,are not just from materialism. 
"Seducing spirits" and "doctrines of devils" Indicate 
danger In the spiritual realm. One of our greatest 
perils is if we stop heeding the Word of God. "Se- 
ducing spirits" today are giving a voice that gounds 
so convincing that it seems like a revelation more 
direct and more important or more "relevant" than the 
"old fashioned Vi and "out-dated" doctrines of God's 
Holy Word. To prove this ye need only consider the 
trends today in the areas of divorce and remarriage 
women in preaching and teaching roles in the churches, 
immorality and immodesty, -to man t ion only a few* It 
is revealing to consider the position of the churches 
on these issues even 50 or 100 years ago. 

Perhaps, though, we should .look closer and peer 
into our own lives. It is always easy to look around 
and criticize. How important is the Word of God to 
us? Does it come first? Or are we, like the world 
around us, more and more engrossed in reading that is 
more entertaining? If we will use it, the Word is a 
lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. We 
can hide or "stow away" the Word in our hearts that 
we might not sin against God or be led astray by se- 
ducing spirits or doctrines of devils. We can become 
so pampered and conditioned by our freedoms and our 
Lenient government ("of .the. people, by the people, 
and for the people") that we think no one has a right 



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to govern us- We can become so used to independence' 
and "doing our own thing" that the word "submission" 
is gone from our thoughts. 

Another way in which our times are perilous is the 
unsettled conditions between nations. Iran and 
Afghani stan v and other places show the troubles our 
rulers must face, and we should pray earnestly for 
them. Many men may lose their lives if this nation 
is drawn into another world war. The suffering and 
peril of war is hard to measure. But somehow I do not 
believe that this is the kind of peril Paul writes a- 
bout to Timothy, It is not the real peril Christians 
face today, although war could quickly change our 
earthly situation. What we face today is the "6000" 
year war" that is still raging on the earth. We are 
in just another battle or phase of this long, weary 
war. And there have been many casualties. This may 
be Satan 1 s last ditch stand when he makes his final 
efforts to sweep the woman (God's people) away with 
the flood of Revelation 12. 

The lines of this long battle reach into our every- 
day lives—how we will spend our time, where our val- 
ues are. how we will rear our children, and on and 'on. 
Satan challenges Jesus 1 words when He says, "If ye 
love* me, keep my commandments." "Why call ye me Lord, 
Lord, and do not the things that I say?" Satan is 
still .there to say, "Ye shall not surely die. . -" 

May we recognize Satan 1 s devices in all their vari- 
ety r May we see the greatest value in the precious 
souls of men— not their -possessions. May our battle 
directions be the Word of God and no otner. May <otir 
power be His Holy Spirit and not the puny strength of 
our own arms, whether tanks or guns or dollars. May 
this year be a year of rededication, victory, and 
safety in the -fold of Jesus. 

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or 
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" And we - : 
might add — or houses, or lands, or unbelievers, or 
ease? "Nay, in all these things we are more than con- 
querors through him that loved us." — L.G. 



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THE LIFE WAS MANIFESTED 

"That which was from the beginning, which we have 
heard, which we have, seen with our eyes, which we 
have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the 
Word of life. (For the life was manifested, and we 
have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you 
that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was 
manifested unto us.) ir (I John 1:1,2) 

The Apostle John is thought to have been ninety 
years old or more when he wrote these blessed words. 
Once more he is reviewing some of the best memories 
of his long life. Some sixty years- before, his very 
eyes had seen Jesus. His ears had heard Him speak, 
his hands had lovingly touched and caressed Jesus: 
Son of God and son of man. Few people indeed were 
then still alive who had had that thrilling experience 
that had so long blessed John's life. 

As in the Gospel by his name, he simply but boldly 
-starts in the beginning. He anchors the beginning of 
human intelligence in the Word of God. Our God is 
One- Who speaks to creature man in intelligible words 
of knowledge and of wisdom. John declares in John 1: 
14-, n And the Word was made flesh, and- dwelt among us, 
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only 
begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." 

Human intelligence can never reach up to compre- 
hend God. God must reveal Himself to the creature 
that he formed in His likeness from the dust of the 
ground. God's Word to man is ever suited and directed 
to man's intelligence. 

In natural science knowledge precedes believing. 
But God's Words, as Jesus said, are living Words of 
the Spirit of God. They must first be believed be- 
fore their spirit and eternal truth content is really 
known arid experienced. 

Where and * when did life begin? The young mind 
that asks this question has a right to know the truth 
first: not in biological processes that are so 



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blatantly and insistently held before small children ."„ 
today in story and photographs, with the subtle teach- 
ing for the child to believe in' themselves. This is 
Satan r s lie to thwart the purpose of God in His crea- 
tion and to bring dishonor on His Son Jesus. 

Our natural life came from God ! s eternal life that 
has no beginning or ending. His living Word created' 
all things. The living cell life and its forms are 
all from Him. He it is Who holds the atoms together 
and knows their beginnings and endings. Man holds a-. 
loft his discoveries and imagines himself as being God 
and with his imagination and scientific means will 
reach a control of life and death. - 

This wisdom of man has ever exalted itself against 
the wisdom of God. Man In his own wisdom- does not 
like to think how he has wasted -and polluted the nat- 
ural gifts of God; nor of the stockpiles of horrible 
death bombs capable of reaching man on land, sea, or 
air, all over the world. Man in his own scientific 
efforts has succeeded in making possible his own ex- 
tinction on this earth. In his own imagination he 
sees himself as in control of life and death, living 
luxuriously without work, vacationing in new space 
journeys .from planet to planet, triumphant over all 
known laws and regulations.' 

"Ye shall be as gods" was Satan's first deception 
to man* Belief in this lie now permeates our educa- 
tional system to an alarming extent. Satan now : 
reaches, out to corrupt the minds of children- at an 
early age. The breakup of the American home Is on. 
Already we are reaping its bitter fruits of frustra- 
tion and demoralizing of youth at an early age* 

As Christians and as Christian parents we must ever 
warn and cry out against sin In all its forms. "For 
the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is - 
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 
6:23) 

Positive teaching of God as Creator of life -and of 
Jesus as Saviour must come first. Christian parents 
must accept this responsibility of parenthood. The 
newborn needs the blessing of not only parental love 



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but also the sounds of praise, and prayer to God: 
also the sounds of God's written Words of Spirit and 
of "life. Happy songs of Jesus' love have lulled many 
babes to sleep on their mother 1 s breast. Many 
Christians testify, "I never knew when I first be- 
lieved in Jesus." These are not repressive to an in- 
fant's best Interests but rather serve as building 
blocks for faith and works of love in a child's life. 
In old age the sound of happy parental voices raised 
in praise and prayer to God and to Jesus comes back 
again in blessed memory. I would plead with all 
Christian parents: do not deprive yourselves or your 
little innocent ones of this great blessing of God. 

The wise Apostle brings to the inquiring mind 
truthful words of God, as Father and Source of all 
life. 

God has become "my Father" and "our Father" when 
we believe in His Son. Jesus soon declared "Thy 
Name" (John 17:26) "Father" early in His ministry, and 
also after His resurrection He continued to speak of 
"My Father and your Father" (John 20:17), "My God and 
your God". He early taught His disciples to so ad- 
dress their prayers to "Our Father who art in heaven, 
Hallowed be thy name ..." To the Christian parent 
is given this exalted privilege of placing these e- 
ternal words in the -child's vocabulary as they learn 
to talk. They are also now able to learn to pray, 
"Our Father". Jesus as God's Son and our Saviour 
gives a basic conception of God to a young mind on 
which to build the living words of Jesus. 

A true parental witness for Christ is given to the 
child when the new life in Christ is daily lived in 
the Christian home and in the Christian assembly. 
This new life is alsb a light as it shines in the 
home and assembly, radiating the true light of God in 
a world darkened by sin. 

John applied this lesson in verse 7: "But if we 
walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fel- 
lowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.' 1 

—James D. Cover 
Modesto, California 



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THE NEW YEAR 

year untouched, unblemished, 
i I eagerly await 

1 The secrets you are holding; 

1 pause before your gate. 

Will joyous, happy moments 
And golden, sunlit days 
Be mine as I tread lightly 
Through flower-sprinkled ways? 

Perhaps some dread affliction 
Or sorrow yet unknown 
Will cause me grief and heartache; 
Shall I my lot bemoan? 

Mo dread nor fear shall triumph; 
I may securely trust 
The One who holds my future — 
A mighty God, and just. 

My Saviour all-sufficient 
This former year I've proved; 
With Him to walk beside me 
My faith may be unmoved. 

Each trouble but a challenge, 
Trial , a stepping stone 
Shall be with Christ within me. 
I face them not alone. 

year untouched, unblemished, 
\ I face your opening hour 

With hope and sweet assurance. 
I God is my peace and power. 

— Miriam Jean Sauder 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 



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OBITUARY 

SAMUEL CHRISTIE COVER was born February 26, 1915, 
at Modesto, California, and departed this life 
November 20, 1979, at age 64 years, 8 months, 22 days. 

Sam, as he was known, was the youngest child of 
John C and Sallie Cover and spent his entire life, 
except for the last three months, on the ranch of his 
parents, unselfishly 7 and lovingly caring for them in 
their aging years, as* his many friends know. 

In March, 1.975,' Sam. suffered an aneurysm in the 
brain, from which he never fully recovered, but had 
been able to care somewhat for his needs. 

His latest illness was borne with patience and 
grace in the home of his sister Sarah and her husband 
Wilbur. 

He leaves three sisters; Anna Brubaker, Sarah 
Garber and Emma Garber, all of Modesto, and many 
nieces and nephews who all loved to go down to Sam's, 
as it was phrased, and he will be greatly missed by 
all who loved him. 

The family wishes to extend their thanks and grat- 
itude to all who helped at this time of sorrow. 

Funeral services were held on Saturday, .November 
24, in the Franklin and Downs Funeral GL$|jel, with 
Elwin Young officiating. Interment was made in the 
Wood Colony Cemetery. 

"There remaineth therefore a rest for the people 

of God." (Hebrews 4V9) 

/ -'" —The Family 



Are you weak and weary 

Watching in the night? 
Does the time seem dreary 

Standing for the right? 
Keep on going, steady; 
j Look up to the skies; 
For the Lord be ready — 

Blessing to the wise, 

— J. I, Cover 



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HISTORICAL 

LAUWERENS VAN BE WALLE, ANTONIS SCHOONVELT, 

KALLEKEN STRINGS, AND MAEYKEN KOCX, 

A. D. 1561 

In the year 1561 several brethren and sisters, af- 
ter suffering much persecution, took up residence near 
Yp'res In. Flanders, at a place called "ten Hoogen- 
siecken". Having left money, property, friends and' 
kindred, to follow Christ, and live there in quietness, 
engaging in tape-weaving, in order to gain a living by 
their trade, they were spied out while they sat and 
worked together, and the inquisitor came to apprehend 
them. He was accompanied by a large force well pro- 
vided with sticks, swords and ropes, and they arrived 
just at the time when Antonis, who had made them a 
visit, and had taken leave, stood at the door, ready 
to go. 

As they thus arrived with great noise, Stijntgen 
Potvliets (who was pregnant) ran out of the house 
first, and was apprehended. Karel N. also ran out at 
the door, and master Klaas (who was a great persecutor, 
and fellow helper of the inquisitor) pursued him, 
struck at him with a bare sword, and though Karel was 
wounded by it, yet he escaped, haeyken Kocx (who was 
also pregnant) was attacked by the inquisitor, who 
held' a naked sword in his hand, and as she cried aloud 
to him to spare hei* child, and he acted in a very 
bloodthirsty manner, he, like a madman, wounded him- 
self. 

Lauwerens van de Walle, Antonis Schoonvelt, and 
Kalleken Strings were also apprehended, but Hendrick 
N. made his escape. 

While they were being bound, they comforted one 
another much with the Word of God, and when they were 
brought out of the house, they cheerfully spoke to the 
neighbors, saying; "Can any one complain of us? It 
is for the name of Christ that this is inflicted upon 
us; we need not be ashamed of it." (Matthew 10; 22; 



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I Peter Ut 16) 

On their way to town, Kalleken commenced to sing 
a hymn. Then said master Klaas: "The apostles did 
not sing, as you do; nor do I want to, dance; why then 
do you sing?' 1 Antonis said:. "Sister, do not fear 
these; just sing as much as you want to;" and 
Lauwerens helped her sing. When they came into the 
city, there was a great concourse of people, and they 
made known the Word of God by singing and speaking. 
Among- other things., Lauwerens said: "That we are 
apprehended, is nfct on account of evil doing, but 
because we live according to the word of God," 

Kalleken Strings said: "Strait is the gate, and 
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life (Matthew 
7:14); repair to it, do good and forsake evil, and 
fear not. the rulers of this world, but buy Testaments, 
read therein the counsel of God, and- follow it." 
They were then confined in the court of the prison, 
where they remained for several months and days, 
patient and of good cheer, waiting until they should 
offer up their sacrifice, and being visited and com- 
forted in the meantime by many brethren and sisters. 
They were also sometimes examined in regard to their : 
faith, which they freely confessed, and from which no 
pain or suffering could induce them to depart.. 

Finally, having suffered many tortures ; on the 
rack as wall as elsewhere, Lauwerens van de Walle, 
Antonis Schoonvelt, and Kalleken Strings, as they 
adhered valiantly and steadfastly to the truth, were 
delivered by the inquisitor into the hands of the 
secular authorities, to be dealt with according to 
the import of the royal decree. In delivering them, 
the inquisitor also, in the hearing of the ignorant 
peopled, read severe charges (as he thought) against 
them, as, among other things, that they confessed the 
Pope of Rome to be the antichrist. (I John 2:18) That 
they held the Roman church to be the whore of Babylon; 
(Revelation 17:5) That they pronounced the sacrament 
to be an abominable idol, etc. 

Thereupon Lauwerens commenced to say that he had 



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not said or confessed this without a fuller explana- 
tion. He was instantly and savagely told to keep si- 
lence, but he said: "Thieves and murderers are al- 
lowed to have some one who speaks for them; but you 
have brought it about that neither a procurator nor an 
advocate may speak for us; hence we must speak for 
ourselves. If 

Kalleken Strings also, who sat there with her head 
resting on her hand, exhausted from excessive torture, 
let her voice be heard boldly. 

On the testimony of the inquisitor, Lauwerens van 
de Walls and Antonis Schoonvelt were both sentenced by 
the authorities, to be publicly strangled and burnt at 
the stake, and to this end a scaffold with two stakes, 
as also wood and straw, was prepared in the market- 
place. 

They were brought out with their arms tied together 
and coming to the place where they were to be offered 
up, they fell down upon their knees, and prayed to 
God. When they had arisen, the executioner asked 
their forgiveness for what he was about to do, and 
they kindly forgave him, according to the teaching of 
Christ. (Matthew 6:14) 

Lauwerens said with a loud voice to the authorities, 
that of a truth he would gladly forgive them and all 
who were guilty in the matter. He also boldly said, 
like the third of the Maccabean brethren; "These 
limbs God from heaven gave; therefore I will willingly 
surrender them for His law's sake." (II Maccabees 7:11) 
As they went into the hut, both cried farewell to all 
the brethren and sisters scattered in many countries, 
cities and villages, and with this commending their 
spirits into the hands of God, they departed this 
world . 

In the month of October of the same year, also 
Kalleken Strings, a very fine and well-bred maiden, 
was delivered to the secular authorities. She was 
modest, fearless and steadfast, so that neither many 
fair promises of riches and money, or temporal pros- 
perity, nor pain- or severe torments (though she was 



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tortured to such an extent, that she was taken from 
the rack for dead), could in any wise draw her from 
her faith; yea, even her mother, when she visited her 
in prison for this end, could not move her, nor accom- 
plish her purpose, but hearing and seeing her daugh- 
ter's steadfastness and kind treatment of her, she 
said: "My daughter Is better than I am." 

Afterwards she was also' sentenced to be strangled 
and burnt; whereupon she said: "You have now sen- 
tenced me to the fire, according to the Emperor ! s 
decree; fear the judgment of God, which He shall hold, 
to condemn you to eternal fire." 

When it was thought that Kalleken was about to be 
executed, a great multitude of people flocked together 
from far and near, to see it. Seeing this, and fear- 
ing a disturbance, the authorities did not have her 
brought forth; only the executioner came out of the 
city hall, and said to the people, that she was dead 
already. Thus, the people went away, thinking that 
.she had been privately beheaded. 

But early the next day, and unexpectedly, no scaf- 
fold having been erected, but other preparations made, 
she was brought into the marketplace, and when she had 
offered up her prayer to God, and commended her spirit 
Into His hands . sentence was executed on bar. and thus 
she departed this world , going with a burning lamp to 
meet her bridegroom. (Matthew 25 si) 

In the meantime, Stijntgen Potvliets, not continu- 
ing steadfast, was set at liberty; but haeyken Eocxy 
who remained Immovable, was retained and kept until 
she was delivered of her child, and was out of child- 
bed, whereupon (though her heart clung dearly to her 
husband and children, yet loving God above all, and, 
out of love to Him, adhering to the truth known and 
accepted, esteeming this precious treasure of greater 
value than her own life) she was sentenced to be pub- 
licly strangled and burned at the stake, which was 
also executed. Commending her spirit into the hands 
of God, she joyfully departed this world, well know- 
ing that she should inherit eternal joy, and be 



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permitted to enter in* with the five wise virgins, 
when the cry shall be made at midnight: "Behold, the 
bridegroom comethj go ye out to meet him." 

— Martyrs Mirror (pages 652-654) 



NOTE OF THANKS : 

We thank God for the response to Christ's love in 
all the dear brethren and sisters and .friends who have 
helped through prayer, encouragement, love, and mon- 
etary gifts in the recent birth and illness of our 
son, Randy. God has surely been good to us in so many 
ways and has manifested it through His children. It 
looks as though Randy will be a normal healthy boy, 
and we praise God for this wonderful gift to our home. 
May He bless each one of you and may this have abun- 
dantly abounded to your account — your heavenly treas- 
ure. May we all strive to walk just as close to Him 
as we possibly can. Praise His holy name! 

In Ghristian love and prayers, 
Fred and Erma Miller and family' 



COMMUNION NOTICE 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed^ the Lord willing, to hold our spring 
Love feast on April 19 and 20. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 
to attend. -Daniel F. Wolf 



BIRTHS 

ROYER - A son, Caleb Seth, born December 19 to Philip 
and Annette Royer of Goshen, Indiana, 

FLORA - A daughter, Rachel Marie, born December 31 to 
Buford and Joan Flora of Nappanee, Indiana. 



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JAIRUS 1 DAUGHTER: ALIVE FROM THE DEAD 

Have you ever felt so miserably sick that you won- 
dered if you would die? There was once a twelve-year- 
old girl who was just that sick* Her father, Jairus, 
was a ruler of the synagogue. -He had already done 
everything possible to help his daughter, but she kept 
getting sicker and sicker, weaker and weaker. Now 
what further could he do, but watch her die? 

At this time Jesus was teaching by the seaside. 
When Jairus saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading. 
fT My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I 
pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her that she may 
be healed; and she shall live." 

Jesus turned toward Jairus* home, but there were 
many people around Kim and He could not go nearly as 
fast as Jairus wished. Then another woman needed 
healing, and, while Jesus was still talking to her, 
some people came from Jairus 1 house to tell him his 
little girl had already died — they were too late. 

When Jesus heard that the girl was dead, He told 
Jairus, "Don't be afraid, only believe. 11 Toward 
Jairus ! home they walked and could soon hear the 
weeping and wailing of the family and friends. 

Jesus took three of his disciples, Peter, James, and 
John, and the 'girl 1 s parents into the room where the 
dead girl lay. "Damsel," Jesus commanded, "I say unto 
thee, arise." Immediately the dead girl arose and 
walked! What a time of astonishment and rejoicing 
followed! And how very, very glad Jairus was that he 
had asked Jesus to "help his little girl, and that he 
ha& believed that Jesus truly had power to heal. — SKB 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 11 



AND CAN IT BE THAT I SHOULD GAIN 

And can It be that I should gain 

An interest in the Savior 1 s blood? 

Died He for me, who caused His pain? 

For me, who Him to death pursued? 

Amazing love I how can it be 

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 

■Tis mystery alii The Immortal dies! 
Who can explore His strange design? 
In vain the firstborn seraph tries 
To sound the depths of love divine I 
! Tis mercy all I let earth adore, 
Let angel minds inquire no more. 

He left His Fkther r s throne above, 
So free, so infinite His grace; 
Emptied Himself of all but love, 
And bled for Adam's helpless race; 
r Tis mercy all, immense and free; 
For, my God, it found out me. 

Long my imprisoned spirit lay 
Fast bound in sin and nature T s night; 
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, 
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light; 
My chains fell off, my heart was free; 
I rose, went forth and followed Thee. 

No condemnation now I dread; 

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine I 

Alive in Him, my living Head, 

And clothed in righteousness divine, 

Bold I approach the eternal throne, 

And claim the crown, through Christ my own, 

— Charles Wesley 



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WHY BELIEVE? 

Did you ever try to give reasons why you believe? 
Why do you believe God's Word Is true? Why do you 
believe Jesus lived, died, and rose for us? What are 
your reasons for leaving all to follow Him? We did 
not see Jesus nor hear 'Him speak. We do not know any- 
one who could even say, "I knew one of His apostles." 
Kevertheless, we do believe, and we should know why. 
Peter writes, "But sanctify the Lord God in your 
hearts: and be ready .to give an answer to every man 
that asketh you a reason of the hope that is In you 
with meekness and fear." (I Peter 3V15T 

The historians and Students of "religion^" would 
tell us man has always had' a' need to worship something 
or someone greater than hims*elf , and the various re- 
ligions were born from this need--that religions are 
the product of- man's longing and his imagination. 
This may be true regarding idolatry and the false re- 
ligions. But for the faith in God through* Jesus 
Christ, it is opposite from truth. God's- Word tells 
us of our origin and that man fell from God 1 $ favor 
through disobedience. Many will not admit this, but 
we see evidence of this fall on every hand, in our 
own lives, and in the certainty of death. 

To understand the origin of the true faith. in God, 
we must begin with God the way His Word begins. Yes, 
man has always had a need to worship something. But 
before that, God had a plan. Our Creator was first; 
He is original. He has no beginning or' end. This we 
know by revelation from Him. His plan was to communi- 
cate with His creatures and to instruct, ' inspire, and 
enable them to communicate with Him, even after they 
fell. His plan was to restore man .by .His grace. II 
Timothy 1:9 says, "Who .hath saved us, and called us 
with an holy calling, not according to our works, but 



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according to his own purpose and grace, which was giv- 
en us in Christ Jesus before the world began*" This 
purpose and plan was realized in the Incarnation and 
work of Jesus and the subsequent operation of the Holy 
Spirit. This is the foundation of our faith. "But 
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he 
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that 
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." 
(Hebrews 11:6) 

Modern man may speculate and reason. He may ana- 
lyse man ! s needs, his conduct, his various beliefs and 
responses. But unless we begin with God and His rev- 
elation to us, we continue to flounder in uncertainty 
and speculation. 

We may not be able to give reasons for our faith 
that will satisfy an unbeliever. Perhaps this is be- 
cause an unbeliever cannot know God. He must believe 
or exercise faith in order to have knowledge or cer- 
tainty . 

However, we do have many strong reasons to believe. 
In the end, these reasons, too, must be believed, and 
here we depend still upon the Holy Spirit of God to 
work in our hearts. 

One big reason to turn to God In faith is the com- 
plete absence of satisfactory answers any other place. 
When Jesus asked His apostles if they, too, would 
leave Him, Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? 
thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe 
and are sure that thou art that Ghrist, the Son of the 
living God." (John ^6:68,69) Here is positive know- 
ledge and a confession that Jesus is the only answer. 
There is no place else to go. The great King 'Solomon 
turned to the world for answers to the longings of his 
heart for lasting satisfaction and found the whole of 
earthly pleasures and works only "vanity and vexation 
of spirit". A hymn writer, Clara Teare, puts it this 
way: 

All my life long I had panted 
For a draught from some cool spring, 
That I hoped would quench the burning 
Of the thirst I felt within. 



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Feeding on the husks around me, 
Till my strength was almost gone, 
." ..' Longed my soul for something better, 
' ,. Only still to hunger on. 

Poor I was, and sought for riches, 
•- ■ Something that would satisfy, 

But the dust I gathered round. me 
Only mocked my soul's sad cry. 

Well of- water, ever springing, 
Bread of life, so rich and free, 
Untold wealth that never faileth, 
My Redeemer is to me. 

Hallelujah! I have found Him — 
Whom my soul so long has craved! 
Jesus satisfies my longings; 
Through His blood I now am saved. 

And so one big reason to believe in God and to accept 
His grace is that He alone has the answers in a world 
of questions, searchings, and yearnings. 

Another reason to believe God is the ancient re- 
cord itself which God left with Israel and holy men 
through the centuries. In the Study. Guide for Bakerfe 
Bible Atlas we read: 

"Man knows, of no accurately dated history 
of world events before 500 B.C. other than the 
Bible, The only history of early events that 
has been carried in its complete form from 
B.C. to A.D. times is that written by Moses, 
which we find in the Bible. Through the various 
writers of Scripture, God has recorded for us 
the names of the persons in the genealogical 
lifeline that extended from the first Adam to 
the last Adam." 
We have a continuous record, written down by men as 
God spoke to them. Peter writes, "We have also a 
more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that 
ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark 



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place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in 
your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of 
the scripture is of any private interpretation. For 
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; 
but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the 
Holy Ghost." (II Peter 1:19-21) Paul records in 
Hebrews 1:1,2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers 
manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the 
prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by 
his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by 
whom also he made the worlds." God has never deserted 
His people, but has made known to them how they can 
please Him and know Him. 

A third reason, and one of the weightiest to me, Is 
the record God gave of His Son, Jesus 1 life, death, 
and resurrection, written by faithful men. These same 
men went on to give their lives for the Saviour they 
knew. They gave up a lifetime of some easier, less 
hazardous occupation and devoted themselves to the 
spreading of the Good News as Jesus commanded them. 
They knew that this Gospel of God's grace to man meant 
salvation to all x^ho would likewise believe and obey 
it. 

A vicious controversy has risen lately over whether 
or not each word of the Bible is divinely inspired. 
As with many tricks from Satan's bag, this one is de-^ 
signed to cloud the real issue. We have the Word of- 
God recorded under inspiration by faithful men. Will 
we believe it? This is the Issue. To question wheth- 
er each word is inspired is to miss the point. Actu- 
ally, if the minute details of wording were the impor- 
tant part, then the . four Gospels would have to be iden- 
tical where they reported the same event, would they 
not? Paul writes in II Timothy 2:14, "Of these things 
put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord 
that they strive not about words to no profit, but to 
the subverting of the hearers." 

An honest man will receive evidence and believe 
truth. Those who will receive evidence can believe 
that God's Church in the world today is proof that 
Jesus' words are true when He said, "... Upon this 



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rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it." Fulfilled prophecy in 
all ages shows God to be in control, Jesus 1 miracles 
on earth proved His power to forgive sins and that He 
is the very Son of God. His resurrection was verified 
by over five hundred people who saw Him alive after He 
was crucified and laid in the tomb. The power of the 
Holy Spirit and His acts in the lives of the apostles 
and our own confirm to us His presence and the faith- 
fulness of His promises. 

To believe God is to open the door to allow Him to 
work in us* The Jews asked Jesus, "What shall we do, 
that we might work the works of God?" Jesus 1 answer 
applies to us as well, "This is the work of God, that 
ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:28,29) 

Dear readers, we recommend to you a serious medita- 
tion on the following passage from God's Word, I John 

5:5-13: 

"Who is he that overcometh the world, but he 
that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 
This is he that came by water and blood, even 
Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water 
and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth 
witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there 
are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, 
the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three 
are one. And there are three that bear witness 
- in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the 
blood: and these s three agree in one. If we 
receive the witness of men, the witness of God 
is greater: for this is the witness of God 
which he hath testified of his Son. He that 
. believeth on the Son of God hath the witness 
in himself: he that believeth not God hath made 
him a liar; because he believeth not the record 
that God gave of his Son. And this is the re- 
cord, that God hath given to us eternal life, 
and this life is in his Son. He that hath the 
Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of 
God hath not life. These things have I written 



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unto you that believe on the name of the Son of 
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, 
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son 



of God," —1*0. 



WHY GO TO CHURCH? • : 

Why go to church? 

You can believe without getting up on Sunday morn- 
ing. You can have faith, pray, be thankful for life ' 
without ever joining others In doing so. It's possi- 
ble, In part. But is it likely? 

That question was posed recently in the parish bul- 
letin of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of suburban 
Port Washington, N.Y., and it offered this answer; 

"We're variable creatures, not flawless paragons. 
We don't hold steady by ourselves. We're influenced : 
helped, sustained by others, listening to them, re- . 
sponding, learning. It's the way we are. We're re- 
lational beings. 

"It's possible to think, speak, eat, laugh and 
play all alone, even to love in an abstract way. But = 
it's not likely that any of these functions will 
thrive In isolation. Nor would they be very satisfy- 
ing. We just don't work that way. 

"It's a simple truism. We need each other in near- 
ly every aspect of living. In the same way, if we 
want a lively^ healthy faith, it's natural for it to 
be with others who- share it. 

"The church is -where we stay in touch with the 
spiritual level of. reality. To skip church is, in 
part, to cut ourselves off from that reality, to de- 
tach ourselves from mutual nurturing in that dimension 
of our lives. 

"We need solitude, yes. We can pray, listen for 
God In private. And that's important, individually. 
Christian meditation has been a vital adjunct to faith 
long before Eastern varieties of it became a fashion 
in this country. 

"But it's only a supplement, an enhancement to the 



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work of the Christian movement which lives and serves 
through our association not only with the great f Other 1 
but with others like us, our neighbors. That — and 
something else — helps keep it all together. 

"'For where two or three are gathered in my name, 1 
Jesus said, 'there I am in the midst of them. 1 It T s a 
plural operation, a joint process. 

"The church, that stumbling, fallible, easily crit- 
icized, yet heroic" old institution, has been kept a- 
live for 2,000 years. It wouldn't have happened auto- 
matically. It required a movement, a tangible, or- 
ganized effort — of people . That's the church. 

"Its survival has depended on them, on us, on peo- 
ple of countless generations, '.on ' congregations yester- 
day and today, here and elsewhere, on the pastors and 
participants, including the man nodding on the back 
row. 

"He at least showed up. By his very doing so, he 
buttressed and reinforced the church. By getting up 
that Sunday morning and heading to church, he pro- 
claimed a public message to all around — that the 
church is worth attention. 

"And that's the word that has kept the movement 
going. .Enough of us showing by our action that it's 
worth the effort. 

... ."By merely getting up and being present, we show 
forth that word and help maintain Christianity. Even 
the fellow dozing on a back row. He got there. He 
does his bit for a good cause. 

"And that's something amid the ambiguities of so 
many of our activities. It's permanent accomplishment'.' 

— By George. W. Cornell 
Selected from the daily , 
newspaper by 
Daniel F. Wolf 



The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall 

I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom 

shall I be afraid? _. . , or7 ... 

Psalm 27:1 



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WHAT JESUS CHRIST MEANS TO ME 

Jesus Christ is the most precious friend I have 
ever had or ever will have. He is precious to me be- 
cause He has forgiven my sins and has promised a home 
In heaven to all those that love and serve Him faith- 
fully. 

Since I was baptized nearly five years ago, there 
have been many struggles in my life. Satan has done 
his best to get me down, and at times it seemed he 
nearly succeeded. I owe much gratitude to my parents 
and friends for their prayers and much to God for an- 
swering those prayers. I realize now more than ever 
before how Important it is to cast "all your care upon 
him; for he careth for you." (I Peter 5:7) Jesus is 
always willing to give His children strength to over- 
come their faults and to win out over the devil. 

This is why Jesus Christ is a most precious friend 
of mine. To me, He is a friend who is always near, 
always willing to forgive, understand, and give more 
strength to do better in the future. He is the best 
friend that a young person could ever have to guide 
them through all the difficulties of life. 

— Mary Wagner, Modesto, California 



JESUS MEANS . . • 

Love and compassion, 

Glorious light; 
Truth', peace, submission, 

Guidance and might. 

Life, .hope, salvation; 

Dear, precious Lambi 
Death Resurrection: 

God's perfect plan. 

Saviour, Redeemer, 

Lord, God, and Friend; 

Goodness and mercy, 
Joy without end I 



Humbly submitted, Martha E. Cable, Goshen, Indiana 



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NOBILITY 

True worth is in being, not seeming — 

In doing each day that goes by 
Some little good — not in dreaming 

Of great things to do by and by. 
For whatever men say in blindness, 

And in spite of the fancies of youth . 
There is nothing so kindly as kindness, 

And nothing so loyal as truth. 

We get back our mete as we measure — 

We cannot do wrong and feel right, 
Nor can we give pain and feel pleasure, 

For justice avenges each slight. 
The air for the wing of the sparrow, 

The bush for the robin and wren, 
But always the path that Is narrow 

And straight for the children of men. 

We cannot make bargains for blisses, 

Nor catch them like fishes in nets; 
And sometimes the thing our life misses 

Helps more than the thing which it gets. 
For good lieth not in pursuing, 

Nor gaining of great nor of' small, 
But just In the doing and doing 

As we would be done by, Is all. 

Through envy, through malice, through hating 

Against the world, early or late, 
No jot of our courage abating — 

Our part is to work and to wait. 
And slight is the sting of his trouble 

Whose winnings are less than his worth, 
For tie who is honest is noble, 

Whatever his fortune or birth. 

—By Alice Carey 
Selected by 
Claude and Carol Boone 



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HISTORICAL 

FRMCIS VAN DER SACH MB ANTHONY WELSCH, 
A. D. 1562 

In the year 1 562 Brother Francis van der Sach, a 
native of Rovigo in Italy, and minister of the Word 
of God (still on trial) and one who had been sent 
with him, named Anthony Welsch, were apprehended at 
Capo d' I stria, about one hundred Italian miles from 
Venice, as they were about to return to the church in 
Germany, accompanied by a large number of people, whc, 
however, were not taken along, but suffered to go. 
Francis was ironed on his feet like a malefactor, and 
they were separately confined. There at Gapo d r 
Istria they tempted and assailed them in a satanic 
manner, as they are accustomed to do at such times, 
and they employed all their might to entrap them into 
their snares, in order to cause them to stumble, and 
to make them despond and apostatize from God; espe- 
cially was Francis severely assailed; but they val- 
iantly resisted it all. Having been heard and exam- 
ined at Capo d ! Istria concerning everything, they 
were left in confinement yet for three days, Ironed 
hand and foot, and then sent to Venice. On this voy- 
age they lay still for three days and nights, on ac- / 
count of the tempestuous sea, in the meantime comfort- 
ing each other, and admonishing one another to con- 
stancy or steadfastness, so that it seemed as though ■ 
they scarcely felt the pains resulting from the iron 
fetters and from other causes, which nevertheless 
hurt them greatly day and night. 

Arriving at Venice the first day of September of 
said year, they were Immediately separately confined 
in the dafk dungeons of the chief senators, where 
they lay for a whole month, when they were brought 
before three Venetian secular, and also several so- 
called spiritual, lords, who sat there in great pomp, 
most magnificently arrayed, and they asked brother 
Francis, whether he still adhered to the belief which 
he had indicated to the examiners and lords who had 



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examined him at Gapo d' Istria in regard to his doings, 
and whether he still held it to be the truth. He said 
to them: "I hold it to be the truth, and it is the 
truth." 

They then asked him whether he believed all that 
the holy, Gatholic, apostolical, Christian church be- 
lieves. He replied: "As far as the faith is con- 
cerned, I believe every article of the apostolical 
Christian faith." They then asked him also concerning 
baptism, the sacrament, confession, and many other 
things; but when he thoroughly answered everything, 
they urged him very hard, berating him most severely, 
and then remanded him to prison. They also examined 
Brother Anthony, who likewise made a good confession 
of faith to them. 

Shortly after, they examined Francis again, espe- 
cially in regard to infant baptism, but did not accom- 
plish their purpose. After this, they had them 
brought before them several times yet, and argued with 
them. They also sent monks to them, who when they re- 
plied to their questions, continually called them her- ' 
etics and gains aye rs of so many councils, and said 
that If they would not desist, they should have to 
die, and with this they had them taken back to prison. 

Soon after the lords again sent a monk, an inquis- 
itor, to them, who was to speak with them concerning 
the faith. He first asked them whether they belonged 
to the transmontane church. Francis replied: ,! Yes. u 
Thereupon the. monk said: "This is the first error;" 
and asked whether he had also broken bread with them. 
Francis answering in the affirmative, the monk said: 
"This also. Is an error. " And thus he spoke with re- 
gard to everything; no matter what they answered, the 
monk always said that they were heretics and deceivers. 

The monk also said: "Tell me, who is the head of 
the church?" Francis replied: "Christ." The monk 
said: "This, too, is an error." Then Francis said: 
"You call us heretics, but you yourself are a heretic, 
and not we, for Christ is certainly the head of His 
church." But the monk said: "The pope is the head 



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here on earth." Francis said: "A body with two heads 
is a hideous thing." Thereupon the monk again began" 
to call him a heretic, and to admonish him to desist. 
But Brother Francis told him that he could not desist 
before he should have proved this to him by the holy 
Scriptures. The monk said: "We are not bound to 
prove this to you by the Scriptures." They were then 
taken back to prison, where Francis, put his confession 
and defense in .writing, and delivered it. 

After this, they lay in prison for a long time yet, 
in all about two years, always steadfastly continuing, 
in many disputations, in the truth confessed, which 
they had accepted, and were then sentenced to death, 
and, in the year 15&4, cast into the sea, at Venice, 
and drowned. But the sea will have to give up her 
dead at the judgment day of the Lord, when such mur- 
derers of the pious will be dearly requited, and will 
see with great terror, how heinous an offense against 
God it is, thus to touch his believers* (See Zechariah 
2:8; Acts 9:5) 

A LETTER FROM MAEYKEN BOOSERS 
TO HSR BRETHREN AND SISTERS 

(This faithful sister was tortured much to make her 
tell the names' of her Christian brethren and sisters. 
But she endured pain and nakedness on the rack and 
steadfastly refused to betray her loved ones. She 
wrote a number of letters to her parents, her children 
and this last one to-her group of Christian brethren. 
Her letters can be read in Martyrs Mirror , pages 667- 
669. — L.C.) 

my dearest and much beloved brethren and sisters 
in the Lord, I greet you once more with the peace of 
the Lord, that the same may remain with you forever. 
Amen. 

1 let you know that these my enemies still keep 
tormenting me about baptism; but of the incarnation of 
Christ they say nothing to me. The dean told them my 
faith, and they asked me nothing except whether I be- 
lieved that Christ was David ! s son. I replied that He 



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was the Son' of the living God. "Oh! oh! 1 ' said the 
dean. The lords asked: n Is it not written: 'Out of 
the seed of David according to the flesh 1 ?" (Acts 13: 
23) The dean answered them, -for there was no hearing; 
he frequently told me I lied,, because I withstood him, 
that he could not show me that the apostles had bap- 
tized children. They all fell upon me at once, and 
said that no one could enter the kingdom of heaven, 
except he were born of water and of the Spirit. They 
hastily asked me whether I did not confess this too. 
I said: "This Scripture belongs not to children, but 
to the adult, who have- ears to hear." Then they arose 
and said: "You labor under an opinion." 

Thus, my dear friends, I expect to be brought be- 
fore them once more tomorrow. Hence I pray you to 
entreat the Lord for me, that He would direct my mouth 
to His praise and glory. Herewith I will commend you 
forever into the hands of God, and kindly ask you to 
receive my simple writing in good part, for I seek 
nothing but to please God, from the simplicity of my 
heart; and I wish nothing, alas! save, that I might 
-please the King of kings and Lord of lords in my call- 
ing; then I should indeed have been born at a blessed 
time. Herewith peace; farewell; nothing more after 
this. Take, this for an eternal adieu. 

After this, Maeyken Boosers was burnt to ashes, at 
Doornick, having commended her soul into the hands of 
the Lord. 

— Martyrs Mirror , p. 664,669 



love divine, that stooped to share 
Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear, 
On. thee we cast each earthborn care, 
We smile at pain while Thou art near! 

Though long the weary way we tread, 

And sorrow crown each lingering year, 

No path we shun, no darkness dread, 

Our hearts still whispering, Thou art near. 

From the "Quinter Hymnbcck" 



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WHEHS SHALL I WORK? 

"Father, where shall I work today?" 
And my love flowed warm and free; 

Then He pointed out a humble spot, 
And said, "Tend that for me." 

I answered quickly, "Oh no, not that. 

Why no one would ever see, 
No matter how well my work was done; 

Net that little place for me." 

And the word He spoke, it was not stern, 

He answered me tenderly, 
"Ah, little. one, search. that heart of thine, 

Art thou working for them, or Me? 
Nazareth was a little place , - 

And so was Galilee." 

— Anonymous 

ANNUAL MEETING AND COMMUNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 

have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our spring 

Lovefeast on April 19 and 20, A hearty invitation and 

welcome is extended to all of cur members and friends 

to .attend, -^ 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

We, the members of the Eastern district of Indiana, 
Ohio', and Canada extend a hearty invitation to all 
our brethren, sisters, and friends to be with us at 
our Annual Conference, Lovefeast, and Pentacost meeting 
to be held, the Lord, willing, May 23, 24, and 25,' 1980, 
at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

May it be true of us as it was of the early, 
Christians: "And they continued steadfastly in the 
apostles T doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of 
bread, and in prayers." 

— Melvin Coning 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: "LESSONS FROM NATURE*' SERIES 
SNOWFLAKES 

Like tiny bits of paper, they come swirling down 
from the gray winter sky. One snowflake lands on our 
coat sleeve and we hold it closer to look at Its lacy 
design. One .small snowflake! So fragile and perfect! 

"But what good is it? n you may ask. "One snowflake 
is of little value." And you are right. But when that 
snowflake is joined by thousands and millions of other 
flakes almost like it, things change fast. The earth 
becomes sparkling white, pure and beautiful. Even 
things that were ugly before the snow fell — mud, trash, 
junkp lies—are now covered with snow, and all is white. 

Snowf lakes are like kind words. We all know that 
our words should be kind and loving, but sometimes we 
wonder. Does it really make much difference if a word 
is kind or selfish? And them we remember the snow- 
flakes. One word seems unimportant, but we all speak 
many words. And many sweet words make a sweet person; 
many selfish words make a selfish person. Many chil- 
dren, speaking many sweet words, will cover up things 
that are uglier than mud and junkpiles and trash. And 
our homes and schools will be more beautiful. 

Our thoughts are also like snowf lakes.. One little 
thought by Itself doesn r t seem very important. It may 
'be a lazy and disobedient thought, or a cheerful and 
friendly thought. Put that thought in a pile with all 
your thoughts for a whole day or a year, and you 1 11 
have thousands of thoughts — making a person like those 
thoughts! 

The next time you start to think that little words 
and thoughts don't matter, remember the snowf lakes. -SKB 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



BELOVED, NOW ARE, ME THE SONS OF GOD 

Sons of God, beloved in Jesus S 
the wondrous word of grace; 
In His Son the Father sees us, 
And as sons He gives us place. 

Blessed hope, now brightly beaming, 
On our God we soon shall gaze; 
And in light celestial gleaming, 
We shall see our Saviour's face. 

By the power of grace transforming, 
We shall then, His image bear;. 

Christ His promised word performing, 
We shall then His glory share. 

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, 

And it doth not yet appear what we shall be; 

But we know "that when He shall appear; 

We shall be like Him; . 

For we shall see Him as He is. 

I John 3r2 
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A GOOD NAME 

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great 
riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold." 
(Proverbs 22:1 ) 

"A good name is better than precious ointment; and 
the day of death than the day of one's birth." 
(Ecclesiastes 7:1 ) * 

Everyone likes to hear good- names. When ve appre- 
ciate someone, we like to hear his name mentioned. It 
reminds us of what they mean to us. 

"How sweet the name of Jdsus sounds 

In a believer's ear. 
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, 

And drives away his fears. 

A good name is of , great value. It can only be ob- 
tained by faith, discipline, diligence, and obedience 
to the moral laws of God. "And being found in fashion 
as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto 
death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8) 

The name of Christ is above every name that was 
ever heard on earth. God has placed it there. "Far 
above all principality, and power, and might, and do- 
minion, and every name that is named, not .only in this 
world, but also in that which is to come." (Ephesians 
1:21 ) 

If we bear the name of Christ in truth, we are one 
with Him in this great work on earth. It not only 
prompts this work on "earth, but it determines our e- 
ternal destiny. "The day of death (is better) than 
the day of one's birth" is only a valid statement for 
those bearing a good name. Only good names are writ- 
ten in the book of life. 

A good name is the most effective influence we have 
in witnessing for Him in this world* There are two 
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the world is usually for prestige or honor of man. In 
God T s kingdom a good name Is desired to exalt and pro- 
mote the cause of Christ. 

The enemies of Christ despised His name. They usod 
all the forces they had to destroy it. The strategy 
that finally worked was to undermine His name "-in the 
eyes of the people by deception, untruths, and false 
accusations. They turned the mob against Him until 
they consented to having Him crucified. The highest, 
most noble name ever uttered on earth was destroyed In 
the sight of man by wicked hearts and hands, by false- 
hood and envy. It looked like man was the victor at 
this point. It looked like defeat for those that fol- 
lowed Him closely and believed in Him as their Redeem- 
er. This feeling was short lived. Three days later, 
with power, He rose from the grave, giving new hope 
and assurance to His own. 

It was Christ T s own contemporaries that destroyed 
His name and life (in the sight of man). We believe 
this type of warfare is still going on. 

The enemies of Christ forbade the early Church to 
use or exalt His name. They were threatened, beaten, 
put in prison and even killed for speaking or teaching 
in His name. How awful it would be to have any part 
in destroying the name of Christ. 

To our Brethren and Sisters in Christ: It is our 
desire to exalt the name of Christ through you.' May 
we protect you, encourage you, and give you our un- 
divided love, that you can be assured of our loyalty, 
so that in no way would we be guilty of destroying His 
name by destroying your name* in the sight of man. 



— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



Below the surface stream, shallow and light, of what we 
we say we feel; 

Below the stream, as light, of what we think we feel, 
There flews with silent current, strong, obscure, 
and deep, The central stream of what we feel indeed. 
Selected by John- Schonwald 



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COUNT THE COST 

Standing uncertainly before the display of baseball 
equipment, the young boy counted and recounted the 
small -sum of cash in his hands- , He had emptied his 
bank and brought all his coins. Is it enough? Should 
he give the whole amount of his cash on hand for the 
baseball he has been watching in the store window? ~ 

Now his decision is made* He lays his money on the 
counter and indicates his choice to the clerk. As the 
checker counts the money, he seizes his prize and goes 
happily on his way. He had enough money — just barely— 
and the ball was worth giving it all for. You can't 
play baseball with pennies and dimes. 

Scenes like this occur over and over. We make de- 
cisions and count costs almost daily. Is it worth the 
sacrifice? Gan we afford it? Sometimes the cost is 
not in dollars, and sometimes it is difficult to make 
the decision. Ours is an era of materialism. , We buy 
and sell and. become quite expert at earthly values. 
We know what things should be worth. And we don't 
like to- pay more than an. item should cost — or to sell 
for too little. And we .certainly don't want to risk 
all our assets on a questionable venture. 

Counting the cost and weighing values also enters -. 
into spiritual decisions* , Jesus told two parables in 
Luke 14- about this deciding: 

"For which of you, intending to build a 
tower, sitteth not down firsthand counteth 
the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish 
it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foun- 
dation, and is not able to finish it, all that 
behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man > 
began to build, and was not able to finish. 
(v. 28-30) 

"Or what king, going to make war against 
another king, sitteth not down first, and 
'consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand 
to meet him that cometh against him with twenty 
thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a 



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great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and de- 
sireth conditions of peace. 1 ' (v. 31,32) 

Jesus concludes these parables with this final verse: 
"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsake th 
not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.' 1 

This was the issue Jesus was Illustrating. In His 
previous teaching He had pronounced the blessings of 
the Kingdom of Heaven. He had promised them His pro- 
tection and rewards surpassing anything earthly. He 
had assured them that this Kingdom would endure. Now 
He reminds them that there is a cost. To participate 
in the blessings of the heavenly we must renounce the 
earthly. To be a disciple of Jesus we must regard Him 
above father, mother, children, brethren and sisters 
and even our own lives. . 

Great multitudes were following Jesus when He told 
these parables. He was saying, in effect, "Do you 
have what it takes to follow me? And are you willing 
to forsake all that you have to be my disciple?" "And 
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, 
cannot be my disciple." (v. 27) 

We must keep the issues clear on this subject. We 
could by no means pay for God's free gift of eternal 
life (like the boy bought his baseball). It isn't for ■ 
■ sale. Even if it wore, we would not have enough to : 
pay. And what do we have that God needs? He needs 
none of our possessions; He only wants us. But still 
there is a cost. It isn't that we pay God. But there 
is something to forsake, and that Is the cost, to us. 

Perhaps it is similar to the marriage vow. To have 
the love of one companion we must forsake all others. 
This is not a price paid to the companion, but it is a 
forsaking that must be made. It isn't even hard to do, 
considering the benefits involved. But it must be 
done. Otherwise there can be. no peace, love, and hap- 
piness in the married life. Would we say that we were 
able to purchase the love of our companions? Never! 

Another illustration might be made. Imagine a young 
man whose wealthy uncle offered to pay his way to the 
best medical school so he could become a doctor. To 



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take advantage of this offer he would have to leave 
his comfortable home situation and his friends and 
devote himself to his studies. He would need to give 
up his other plans for a vocation; he would miss some 
of his hobbies, sports, and fun to have this privilege 
to study and learn the skills and knowledge of the 
medical profession. This cost to him is not the tui- 
tion price; that has been paid. But they are sacri- 
fices the young man must make to accomplish his pur- 
pose and take advantage of his uncle's generosity. 
We can see that even though his way was paid, his own 
failure to make these necessary sacrifices would dis- 
qualify him for this opportunity. 

Jesus told one wealthy man, "One thing thou lackest: 
go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the 
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven; and come, 
take up the cross and follow me." (Mark 10:21) On the 
same occasion He told his disciples, "Verily I say un- 
to you, There is no man that hath left house, or breth- 
ren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or 
children, or lands, for my -sake, and the gospel's, But 
he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, 
houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and 
children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the 
world to come. eternal life." (Mark 10; 29,30) 

Have we counted the cost? Do we have enough with 
which to build? Are we ready to forsake all that we 
have? We have what it takes if we are ready to bear 
the cross, leave the world, and follow Jesus. And He 
has promised to help us .and give us eternal life. 

You can't play baseball with pennies and dimes. . 
And neither can we keep our sins and our selfishness 
and love of the world — and follow the Master. — L.G. 



BIRTH 

FASSLER - A son, Joseph Daniel, born March 6 to Joseph 
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GOSSIP 

To gossip means: to talk idly, usually about the 
affairs of others; unprofitable information about 
others. Usually this is done for the carnal enjoyment 
that the gossiper experiences from the sharing. All 
such like is evil. 

"Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that 
speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, 
speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if 
thou judge the law, -thou art not a doer of the law, 
but a judge •■ There is one lawgiver, who is able to 
save and to destroy: whc art thou that judge st anoth- 
er?" (James 4*11,12) ,r To speak evil of no man, to be 
no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all 
men." (Titus 3:2) To speak about our brethren in a 
way that would tear down their reputation or cause 
others to think less of them or to lose their proper 
respect for them and their integrity is speaking evil 
of them. Just because we know something about them 
that is not as commendable as it should be, is no 
occasion to share it with someone else. 

The only occasion for sharing such matters with 
someone else is if we need counsel or help on how to 
handle the information in our own minds, or how to 
help this person with his need, or with whom we ought 
to share the Information so that he can get the help 
that he needs. Beyond that, it becomes gossip or 
evil-speaking. And, either one is sin to us and does 
much harm to our spiritual life. And it will harm the 
other person to a greater or lesser degree. 

Many times such evil-speaking and gossip not only 
harms the one who gossips and the person about whom he 
speaks, but it does much harm throughout the fellow- 
ship of the church and throughout the neighborhood. 
Often unbelievers become involved in the gossip train. 

Tc speak about the legitimate needs of other indi- 
viduals when,, they are in difficult straits financially 
or otherwise, in a commendable way that people will 
net lose respect for their integrity or honesty is 



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fine If we are seeking to be of help to meet those 
needs. But if we speak of people being poor in a 
disparaging way, then again we are speaking evil of 
them . 

When other people's faults are provoking to us In 
a carnal way, we are to blame and not they. We should 
not allow ourselves to become carnally provoked by 
what other people dc or do not do. That again is sin. 
The grace of God is sufficient that we need not do 
this. Many people would just excuse it by saying 
they. : become upset, but there is really no difference. 
The old. nature is what became upset, and therefore- 
we are inexcusable. 

There is a good way in which the faults of others 
can provoge us. When we see others failing, then we 
can often see those same weaknesses in ourselves. 
Seeing what that looks like in the other person can 
be a means of provoking us to be diligent to correct 
it in ourselves. Thus we are profiting by it in 
ourselves and also being an example to them. When 
we have, for a period of time, found that the grace 
of God is sufficient to correct such in ourselves, 
then we have also the opportunity to go to them and 
to help them by our own testimony, humbly and meekly 
given as a means of encouragement to them. 

Often the one who gossips is guilty of the same 
thing that he is accusing his brother or sister about; 
maybe often much more so. It is true that the faults 
cf others sometimes stand out to us more clearly 
when we are guilty of those same faults, even though 
we seemingly do not see them in ourselves. 

The only profitable talk about other people's 
faults is that which will help them in the end to 
overcome those faults. 

By Paul M. &andis in The Christian Example 

Prayerfully selected by a reader 



Confess, your faults one to another, and pray one 
for another, that ye may be healed... — James 5:16 



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BETTER THAN GOLD 

Better than grandeur, better than gold, 
Than rank or titles a hundredfold, 
Is a healthful body,, a mind at ease, 
And simple pleasures that always please * 
A heart that can feel for a neighbor's woe, 
And share in his joy with a friendly glow, 
With sympathies large enough to infold 
All men as brothers, is better than gold. 

Better than gold is the sweet repose 

Of the sons of toil when their labors close; 

Better than gold is the poor man's sleep, 

And the balm that drops on his slumbers deep. 

Better than gold is a thinking mind, 

That in realms of thought and books can. find 

A treasure surpassing Australian ore, 

And live with the great and the good, of yore. 

Better than gold is a peaceful home, 
Where all the fireside charities come, 
The shrine of love and the haven of life, 
Hallowed by mother, or sister, or wife. 
However humble that home may be, 
Or tried with sorrows by Heaven's decree, - 
The blessings that never were bought or sold, 
And center there, are better than gold. 

Better than gold in affliction's hour 

Is the balm of love, with its soothing power; 

Better than gold on a dying bed 

Is the hand that pillows the sinking head. 

When the pride and glory of life decay, 

And earth and its vanities fade away, 

The prostrate sufferer needs not to be told 

That trust in Heaven is better than gold. 

— Alexander Smart. 



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TWO WAYS 

Hear Jesus say, " I am the way, 

The only way to God; 
The narrow way to life and day, 

Where but a few do trod." 

11 And so the gate, 11 says Christ, "is strait, 

The golden gate of life; 
I am the door that "evermore^ 

Leads men from death and" strife." 

There is a way, another way,' 

That seems so right to man; 
Broad is that way where many stray, 

To death with old Satan, 

Wide is the gate of sin and hate, 

The gate that "leads to hell; 
The gate of night' where is no light, 

Torment nc one can tell. 

Oh, fear that way, temptation's way, 

The way of death and night; 
Satan does lie, and you will die; 

You never shall see light* 

Satan resistj God will assist; 

The devil then will flee; 
Hear Jesus* voice; in Christ rejoice; 

The truth shall make you free. 

To God draw nigh; you will not die; 

He will draw nigh to you; 
So let us strive to be alive, 

(Eod's holy will to do. 

Then walk the way, the holy way, 
The only way to God; 



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The narrow way to life and day. 
The way that Jesus trod. 

Chorus: There are two ways that men do go; 
One way to joy, one way to woe, 
One way that's true, one way a lie, 
One way to life, one way to die I 

Hollis Flora, Greenville, Ohio 

When grey threads mar life's pattern 

And seem so out of line, 

Trust the Master Weaver 

Who planned the whole design. 

For in life's choicest patterns 
Some dark threads must appear 
To make the rose threads fairer, 
The gold more bright and clear. 

The pattern may seem intricate 
And hard to understand, 
But trust the Master Weaver 
And His steady guiding Hand. 

Author unknown Selected by Sherry Cover 



MY STRENGTH 

The steepness of the rugged hills 
Drains my strength and leaves me ill. 
Then at the foot of His cross I stood 
And met my Saviour, oh, so good. 

He took my load and left me free; 
Now in heaven He T s interceding for me. 
Encouraged? Why shouldn't I be, 
With a Saviour such as He? 

Oh yes, the hills are rugged and steep, 
And I am weary and I am weak; 
And every day brings its test; 
Yet in my Saviour I find rest. 

June Fountain, Auburn, California 



12 THE PIL GRIM 

HISTORICAL 
DIRK WILLEMS, A. D. 15&9 

In the year 1569 a pious , faithful brother and fol- 
lower of Jesus Chris t, named Dirk Willems, was appre- 
hended at Asperen, in Holland, and had to endure se- 
vere tyranny from the papists. But as he had founded 
his faith not upon the drifting sand of human command- 
ments, but upon the firm foundation stone, Christ 
Jesus, he, notwithstanding all evil winds of human 
doctrine., and heavy showers of tyrannical and severe 
persecution, remained immovable and steadfast unto 
the end; wherefore, when the chief Shepherd shall ap- 
pear in the clouds of heaven and gather together His 
elect from all the ends of the earth, he shall also 
through grace hear the words: "Well done, good and 
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few 
things, I will make thee ruler o^ver many things; enter 
thou into the joy of thy Lord." (Matthew 25:23) 

Concerning his apprehension, it is stated by trust- 
worthy persons, that when he fled he was hotly pursued 
by a thief-catcher, and as there had been some frost, 
said Dirk Willems ran before over the ice, getting 
across with considerable peril. The thief-catcher 
following him broke through, when Dirk Willems, per- 
ceiving that the former .was .in danger .of his life, 
quickly returned and aided him in getting out, and 
thus saved his life. The thief-catcher wanted to let 
him go, but the burgomaster, very sternly called to 
him to consider his oath, and thus he was again seized 
by the thief -catcher, and, at said place, after severe 
imprisonment and great trials proceeding from the de- 
ceitful papists, put to death at a lingering fire by 
these bloodthirsty, ravening wolves, enduring it with 
great steadfastness, ' and confirming the genuine faith 
of the truth with his death and blood, as an instruc- 
tive example to all pious Christians of this time, and 
to the everlasting disgrace of the tyrannous papists. 

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from the trustworthy memoirs of those who were present 
at the death of this pious witness of Jesus Christ, 
that the place where this offering occurred was with- 
out Asperen, on the side of Leerdam, and that, a 
strong east wind blowing that day, the kindled fire 
was much driven away from the upper part of his body, 
as he stood at the stake 5 in consequence of which this 
good man, suffered a lingering death, insomuch that in 
the town of Leerdam, towards which the wind, was blow- 
ing, he was heard to exclaim over seventy times: u 
my Lord; my God," etc., for which cause the judge or 
bailiff, who was present on horseback, filled with 
sorrow and regret at the man's sufferings, wheeled 
about his horse, turning his back toward the place of 
execution, and said to the executioner: "Dispatch the 
man with a quick death, " But how or in what manner 
the executioner then dealt with this pious witness of 
Jesus, I have not been able to learn, except, only, 
that his life was consumed by the fire, and that he 
passed through the conflict with great steadfastness, 
having commended his soul into the hands of God. 

As we have come into possession of the sentence 
which these .rulers of darkness passed upon this friend 
of God, we have deemed it well, to add it here for the 
benefit of the readers, in order that reading the same, 
they may be able to perceive the truth of this matter. 

Copy: Whereas, Dirk Willems, born at Asperen, at 
present a prisoner, has, without torture and iron bonds 
(or otherwise) before the bailiff and us judges, con- 
fessed, that at the age of fifteen, eighteen or twenty 
years, he was rebaptized in Rotterdam, at the house of 
one Pieter Willems, and that he, further, in Asperen, 
at his house, at divers hours, harbored and admitted 
secret conventicles and prohibited doctrines, and that 
he also has permitted several persons to be rebaptized 
in his aforesaid house; all of which is contrary to 
our holy Christian faith, and to the decrees of his 
royal majesty, and ought not to be tolerated, but' se- 
verely punished, for an example to others; therefore, 
we the aforesaid judges, having, with mature delibera- 



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tion of council, examined and considered ail that was 
to be considered in this matter, have condemned and do 
condemn by these presents in the name, and in the be- 
half, of his royal majesty, as Count of Holland, the 
aforesaid Dirk Willems, prisoner, persisting obstinate- 
ly in his opinion, that he shall be executed with fire, 
until death ensues; and declare all his property con- 
fiscated, for the benefit of his royal majesty. So 
done this 16th of hay, In presence of the judges, 
Cornells Goverts, Jan van Stege Jans, Adriaen Gerritts, 
Adriaen Jans, Lucas Rutgers, Jan Jans, and Jan 
Roefelofs, A. D., 1569* 

Extracted from the records of the town of Asperen, 
and after collation this copy was found to agree (with 
the original), the 15th of October 1606. Acknowledged 
by me, the town clerk of Asperen. 



- Martyr ' s Mirror (pages 741, 742) 



ANNUAL- MEETING AND COMMUNION NOTICES 

The Salida Congregation of the Old Brethren Church 
have agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our spring 
Love feast on April 19 and 20. A hearty invitation and 
welcome is extended to all of our members and friends 
to- 'attend, 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

We, the members of the Eastern district of Indiana, 
Ohio, and Canada extend a hearty invitation to all 
our brethren, sisters, and friends to be with us at 
o\ir Annual Conference, Love feast, and pentacost meeting 
to be held, the Lord willing, May 23, 24, and 25, 1980, 
at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

May it be true of us as it was of the early 
Christians: "And they continued steadfastly in the 
apostles* doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of 
bread, and in prayers.' 1 

■ — Melvin Coning 



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FREEDOM OF CHOICE 

I will agree that man is free 

(As are birds , beasts and fishes) 

To dance, to smoke, go on a spree, 
Or anything he wishes. 

For he a creature is of choice-—. . : ../.'" 
! Twas thus the great God made him. 

He can ignore his Maker's voice $-■ 
Or do the things He bade him. 

But man is never, never free,, 
When speaking of transgressions, 

To choose himself the penalty 
Of his unwise transgressions. 

For what man soweth, that he reaps — 

The same kind as he soweth; 
And, too, the harvest that he heaps 

Is greater, as thou knowest. 

And he that soweth to the flesh ""' 

Of it shall reap corruption; 
Yea, all ensnared in Satan's mesh 

Shall surely reap destruction! 

For God's just laws can never change r - 

No, never one iota; 
If man sows sin, think thou it strange 

If he reaps sin's full quota? 

There is no* chance, friend, in this thing; 

'Tis settled, sure, and certain, 
As all shall know when Christ the King 

From Death draws back the curtain. 

Still there Is hope for all mankind: 

Who soweth to tne Spirit, 
ETERNAL LIFE that one shall find, 

And bliss, he shall inherit! 

By Warren W. Faw 
Selected by Susie Sell 



» LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 
RIDS 

Do you know what a bud is? Sure you dol A bud is 
a flower coiled up tightly in a ball, or it is a leaf 
not yet large enough to unfold. 

In the spring we watch the first bright flower bud 
swell larger and larger until it can contain itself no 
longer; it opens wide — and a flower is born, Sometimes 
we put budded flower stems in a vase, and watch the 
buds open in our homes* It is simply amazing how each 
tiny bud grows larger, a little every day and so slow- 
ly we are hardly able to notice it. Then suddenly we 
see a full-blooming' flower, and smell its fragrance. 

During the cold, smowy days of winter there are buds 
too; on the bare branches of the trees. Look closely 
at one; you will see how the outer scales of the bud 
are closed tightly to protect the living parts inside 
from the cold. 

Little children are like buds too. If we look at a 
bud we know what kind of a flower or leaf it will be. 
But only God knows what a child will be like when it 
grows up. If that child is a goodly child, one who 
obeys his parents, works cheerfully, and plays fairly, 
it will be like a flower which grows more and more 
beautiful. Everyone likes to be with a child who is 
friendly, sweet, and unselfish. 

A flower only keeps its beauty for a short time; but 
every child is a living soul. Ho w important it is to 
form good habits and to avoid all that is ungodly. 

May God bless our little ,! buds." May they learn to 
love- Him dearly and grow up to brighten the world. SKB 

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VOL. 27 f APRIL & MAY, 1980 NOS. 4 & 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HE ABIDES 

I'm rejoicing night and day, 

As I walk the pilgrim way, 

For the hand of God in all my life I see, 

And the reason of my bliss, 

Yes, the secret all Is this: 

That the Comforter abides with me. 

Once my heart was full cf sin, 

Once I had no peace within, 

Till I heard how Jesus died upon the tree; 

Then I fell down at His feet, 

And there came a peace so sweet 

Now the Comforter abides with me. 

He is with me everywhere, 

And He knows my every care, 

I'm as happy as a bird and just as free; 

For the Spirit has control, 

Jesus satisfies my soul, 

Since the Comforter abides with me. 

There T s no thirsting for the things' 

Of the world; they T ve taken wings; 

Long ago I gave them up, and instantly 

All my night was turned to day, 

All my burdens rolled away," 

New the Comforter abides with me. 

' —Herbert Buffum, 1879-1939' 



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"OF MI SAVIOUR POSSESSED . . * n 

"Nbw baby chicks at the barn I « The cry brings 
young and old to see the little fluffy, peeping crea- 
tures that never were before — brand new- But don't 
try to pick them up! That mother hen is watching her 
babies every minute and is extraordinarily protective 
of these, new, tiny creatures. It is springtime, and 
new life is evident all around us as the plant life 
revives and the animals and birds produce their young. 
Jesus (and later Paul) used the plant life springing 
from the "dead" seed to describe the Resurrection. 

Resurrection means new life or revival from death. 
In this beautiful springtime, the reviving of all the 
forms of life around us reminds us of our own state 
of either revived and alive or dead in the sight of 
God. According to God's Word, we can be living and 
breathing and walking around and still be "dead" to 
Him. But we have been taught and have also experi- 
enced it, that we can rise from death and walk in new 
life as our Saviour did when He left the grave. We 
can be ". . . buried with him. by baptism into death: 
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by 
the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk 
in newness of life," (Romans 6:4) This new life is 
also called the "new birth" when we are born of God 
into His family and possessed by Him as new sons and 
daughters. 

If we are satisfied and feel that we need no re- 
newing of life, then this subject will have little 
interest for us. But I am convinced that anyone who 
has lived very long can see that we need something 
more than the world has to offer. Jesus offers the 
new, abundant, never-ending life . 

One feature of this new life in Christ is that it 
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(II Corinthians 5:17): "Therefore if any man be in 
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed 
away; behold, all things are become new." When "we are 
born in new life and become God's children, we leave 
an old life behind. We will look different, act dif- 
ferent, and be different. We begin to assume the look 
and characteristics of our Father. We will have dif- 
ferent goals and a new view on the things and people 
around us. A valid comparison might be to Imagine the 
change in our aged loved ones when Jesus returns and 
gives new life and vitality to the worn out bodies. 
Imagine the lustre in the eyes replacing the vacant 
stare, the beauty of form and graceful carriage when 
the new body replaces the helpless one. Imagine the 
shout of joy and clearness of communication replacing 
the groans and incoherent ramblings. We probably 
would not recognize them at first. This Is similar to 
the change when one receives new life in Christ. Per- 
haps the changes of habits and outlook appear more 
gradually — but- the changes are sure to come. 

Another feature of the new life is the way it en- 
compasses the whole being. That same verse in II 
Corinthians says ". . . all things are become new." 
It Is not like buying a pair of new shoes and a new 
suit of clothes while the man inside remains the same. 
This new life means a change from the inside out. It 
involves every part — our decisions, our thoughts, our 
words, our deeds. 

These changes are evidence that a new owner has 
taken possession. When the sign "Under New Management" 
goes up on a business we usually see changes in ap- 
pearance and in general policy. The whole business — 
employees and all— must yield to the will of the new 
owner. Everything Is' in his control and under his di- 
rection. Jesus says of His people, "I am the vine, ye 
are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye 
can do nothing." (John 15:5) This relationship is . 
like a tool to a mechanic; like a pen to a writer; 
like a car to a driver. A tool is useless without a 



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craftsman ..to use it. A pen could never write unless 
it is. in the hand- of the writer. A car without a 
driver — if it ran at all — could only be a hazard to 
others .on the. highway. In this new life we are under 
the direction of our new Owner, or we are nothing. 

Jesus saw the people of His day as sheep having no 
shepherd. He would have gathered them just as the 
•hen gathers her chicks under her wings. Sheep need a 
shepherd to lead them and own them. Chicks need the 
jealous protection of the mother hen. There is no 
mistaking, from the way the hen gathers her chicks, 
that these are her babies. We can have that kind of 
protection and possession, from our Heavenly Father if 
we are born of Him to the new life in Christ. .Isaac 
Watts wrote; 

The Lord my Shepherd is; 

I shall be well supplied; 

Since He is mine and I am His, 

What can I want beside? — L.C» 



A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT THE SPIRIT 

.When we attend a funeral or read an obituary of an 
old person, we can sometimes mentally go over that 
life; footprints on the sands of time may be left in 
view for a long time, But how about us here in the 
land of the living? Does our present course in life 
appear safe and useful? When we go on a long trip we 
make an effort to plan our course from start to fin- 
ish, even though we know that unexpected or disap- 
pointing things can "happen along the way T It has been 
-said that you can't get to the right destination by 
going in the wrong direction. In short, we would 
likely think of a model life as a happy childhood; 
then early in adult life recognizing our need of Jesus 
as our Savior. This makes a decision necessary, and, 
following repentance and baptism, the route leads ,&- 
way from the broad road along the strait and narrow. 
(Matthew 7:13,14*) The rewards of those who comply 



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with the narrow way are told to be so wonderfully- 
beautiful, and the punishment for those on the broad 
way so awesome and fearful that we have good reason 
to make a life work of keeping on the right course, 
because the choice has been given to us. 

But we are not capable of ourselves. When Jesus 
left the earth He sent us His Holy Spirit to guide us 
into all truth. (John 14*17) The word "spirit" is 
used nearly 500 times in the Scriptures, so it must 
have an important use. We have never seen the Holy 
Spirit so how can we write about Him or encourage Him 
in our lives? 

Let's start with Psalm 51:10: "Create in me a 
clean heart, God; and renew a right spirit within 
me." A clean heart and a right spirit — let's give 
them room. Jesus 1 words to Micodemus (and, we feel, 
to us): "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a 
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot en- 
ter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) "Watch and 
pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit 
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 
26:41 ) "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye 
shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the 
flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit. a- 
gainst the flesh; and these are contrary the one to 
the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye 
would." (Galatians 5:16,17) 

We should sense a need for diligence on our part — 
a daily cross-bearing in our lives. Following Jesus 
is, we feel, not to be taken lightly. "What? know ye 
not that your body Is the temple of the Holy Ghost 
which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not 
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore 
glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which 
are God's." (I Corinthians 6:19,20) 

Much more could be said about the Spirit on the day 
of Pentecost than what I have been able to glean: the 
meek and quiet spirit (I Peter 3:4), trying the spir- 
its (I John 4:1-3), and the spirit of truth and the 
spirit of error (I John 4:6), and many more. "And 



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further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making 
many books there is no end; and much study is a weari- 
ness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the 
whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: 
for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall 
bring every work into judgment, with every secret 
thing, whether it be good, 'or whether it be evil. n 
(Ecclesiastes 12:12-14-) 

— Paul Baker 
Maple , Ontario 



TEACH US TO PRAI 

,r It came to pass, that, as he was praying in a 
certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples 
said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also 
taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1) This is our de- 
sire also, that the Lord will teach us how to pray. 

The word pray in this verse comes from the Greek 
word "proseuchcmai" which means "to wish for". Do we 
really know what we wish for or what is best? We 
must remember Who it is we are praying to, how per- 
fect He is, what He has done for us, and how small 
and imperfect we are. It seems, when we consider 
these things, we should approach Him on our knees, in 
humbleness, and yet not afraid to come to Him in 
prayer, if we follow His instructions. "Let us there- 
fore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we 
may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of 
need." (Hebrews 4-:t&) "• • • The Lord is very piti- 
ful, and of tender mercy." (James 5:11) 

If we truly love Him and keep His commandments, we 
know He will hear our prayer; but a sinner cannot ex- 
pect to receive anything of the Lord, except he re- 
pent of his sins. In Matthew 6 Jesus said, Pre- 
tenders (hypocrites) love to pray standing in the 
synagogues (meeting places) and in the corners of the 
streets, that they may be seen of men. They have 
their reward already, which is the praise of men. 



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But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and 
when you have shut the door, then pray to your Father 
which is in secret; and your Father will see you in 
secret, and shall reward you openly. We read where 
Jesus went up on the mountain many times to pray; that 
was His closet or secret place for prayer. But when 
you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen 
do, for they think they shall be heard because they 
have spoken many words. Our Father knows what things 
we need BEFORE we ask Him. In Ecclesiastes 5:2 it 
says, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine 
heart be hasty to utter any thing (word) before God: 
for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore 
let thy words be few." I believe what is meant then 
is this: we should not repeat certain words over and 
over again simply to make a long prayer, yet we may 
come to Him in secret many times with the same request. 
Jesus prayed three times in succession, just before He 
was taken by the multitude. There were only three of 
his disciples close by Him while He prayed, "0 my 
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: 
nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." The 
second time He prayed, saying, "0 my Father, if this 
cup may not pass away from me, except 1 drink it, thy 
will be done." He left them again, saying the same 
words. 

When Jesus answered the disciple f s question, He 
said, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our 
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name (we 
must believe His n&me is Hallowed), Thy kingdom come." 
(Is this what we really wish for?) Is it really our 
desire for His 'will to be done in the earth? When we 
ask for daily bread, do we think He will bless us if 
we do not work with our hands to obtain that bread, if 
we are physically able to do so? When we ask Him to 
forgive our debts, we must first forgive those who are 
indebted to us. When we pray, "Lead us not into temp- 
tation,- but deliver us from evil," let us remember 
that every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of 
his own lust, and enticed. 



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This model prayer that Jesus gave the disciples 
has much meaning and depth. We should try to put as 
much meaning into our own prayers as we are able, 
that others may be edified. Jesus said to pray for 
those who despitefully use you and persecute you. On 
the cross Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for 
they know not what they do." We should pray for one 
another and for those in authority. If we lack wis- 
dom, we will receive it liberally if we ask God in 
faith. Whatever we ask, we receive of Him, because 
we keep His commandments and do those things that are 
pleasing in His sight; however, what we ask must be 
according to His will. 

Should we refrain from praying, thinking we don r t 
know how? The answer is found in Romans 8:26, "Like- 
wise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we 
know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the 
Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groan- 
ings which cannot be uttered." 

In conclusion, prayers in public should be under- 
stood by the hearers, that they may say amen. In 
private there are no hearers except God, and we know 
He understands more than we are able to speak. 
"Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be 
accounted worthy to escape all these things that 
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of 
man." (Luke 21:36) 



— Norman L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



"REJOICE ALWAY 

Whether the sky be blue or gray, 

"Rejoice in the Lord," is the Word, "Alway". 

Whether the rain be much or less, 

Whether a wild or a quiet sea, 
To sing in the calm is thankfulness; 

To sing in the storm is victory. 

Selected from The Christian Example 

By Loraine Bayer 



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WHAT WOULD DISCIPLES REMEMBER? 

There is in the Bible a brief injunction to Timothy 
in a letter from an older Christian friend: "Remember 
Jesus Christ." Little else is said, Timothy is left 
to his own interpretation of the life he should live 
with those memories In mind. 

Most of us realize that insofar as we have failed 
at being Christ-like, it is because we have drifted 
into forgetfulness of Jesus. 

As we gather to commune with Christ and to commem- 
orate His death, we realize this is one of the best 
opportunities to remember Jesus. As He instructed His 
disciples during the Last Supper, "This do in remem- 
brance of me . " 

What should we think about when we remember Jesus? 

If we were to ask the first disciples — those who 
were closest to Jesus during His life on earth — what 
they remembered most about Him, what would they say? 

First, they might say that when Jesus was around, 
God seemed very near. In Jesus , all the wisdom, power 
and love of God seemed to be present. They would say 
that they felt toward Jesus as they felt toward God, 
as Peter declared; "Thou art the Christ,: son of the 
living God." They found in Him something worthy of 
their very best* 

The second thing the disciples might remember about 
Jesus was that He brought them a wonderful feeling of 
contentment and peace. Many people shy away from this 
"comfortable" side, of Jesus. Religion for them is a 
moral stimulus that encourages people to lead good 
lives. All discipleship has this .side,, of course, but 
there is also that other side that all of us must have. 

We especially feel it when disappointment or ill 
health or trouble gets us down. What we need most at 
these times is someone who knows our problem and can 
actually solve it through prayer, faith and submission 
to His Will. 

Third, the disciples would have remembered that 
Jesus "believed" in them. He believed in their great 






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possibilities. "Salt of the earth", "light of the 
world", he sailed them when the evidence for such 
praise seemed small indeed. 

Remembering Christ is a duty of the Ghristian. We 
must remember Him. Even in the Old Testament they 
were to remember God: in the battles of life 
(Nehemiah 4:14); in the night season (Psalm 63:6); in 
early life (Ecclesiastes 12:1); in time of trouble 
(Jonah 2:7); when away from home (Zechariah 10;9). 

Isaiah said, ". . .ye that make mention of the 
Lord, keep not silence, and give him no rest, till he 
establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the 
earth*" (62:6,7) 

Paul sent Time the us to Corinth to bring them into 
remembrance of the ways of Christ. (I Corinthians 4:17) 

Paul writes to Timothy, "If thou put the brethren 
in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good 
minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words 
of faith and of good doctrine . . . " (I Timothy 4; 6) 

Peter also declares, "I will not be negligent to 
put you always in remembrance of these things. . ." 
(II Peter 1:12) Then in the third chapter he writes 
to "stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance." 

How do we remember? We remember Jesus through the 
written testimonies of the apostles who walked and 
talked with Him and who — guided by His Holy Spirit — 
made available to us the Word of God. May our praise 
and minds be on the Lord Jesus Christ. 



— Adapted from "Cappers Weekly" 
Ronald L. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



BAPTISM 

Once again our hearts were made to rejoice with 
the angels in Heaven when Sharon Bowser, upon con- 
fession of her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, re- 
ceoved Holy Baptism on April 26, 1980* 

— Melvin Coning 



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GOD'S GRACE AND LOVE 

God does not place any burdens on man, 
Or trials in our life that we cannot withstand. 
But His grace is sufficient to carry us through 
And His hand will sustain with a love that is true. 

Yes, God does His part but oh! What about us 
When the way is provided, why worry and fuss? 
Why fear and complain and feel troubled in mind 
With a Saviour so loving and gracious and kind. 

May our f^ith be so strong, and our trust be so - 

great, 
And our love be so large, there's no room left for 

hate; 
As we lean on our God as a child does its Mother 
And we prove that He f s ours by our love for each 

other. 

God has promised the righteous that He won't forsake 
If we serve Him and hold to the vows that we make. 
He has promised us food for the body and soul,/ 
Till our labors are o'er and we're perfectly whole. 

Yes, I'm certain in Heaven our bodies will be 
Sanctified, holy, sinless, and free. 
Free from all troubles and sorrow and pain; 
Free from temptations and worries and strain.. 

All tears will be wiped from good eyes that can-see, 
And the glories of Heaven so boundless will be... 
We'll hear the dear strains of the music so sweet, 
And our love will o' erf low as we bow at His feet. 

— By a brother 



BIRTH 

ROYER - A son, Nathanael Edward, born May 4, I960, to 
Thomas and Rebecca Royer of Goshen, Indiana, 



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HISTORICAL 
JACOB VM DEN WE.GE, A* D. 1573 

This Jacob van den Wege, born at Ronse, in Flanders, 
was a nephew of Mr. Glaes, who was a colleague of the 
Dean of Rcnse, in his time, probably, the most prom- 
inent and zealous inquisitor and persecutor of the 
Christians in that country. As Jacob had come to the 
knowledge of the truth, and followed it with ardent 
love, he was on this account banished from all the 
dominions of the king of Spain, and had thus, as a 
fugitive, for more than seven years to subsist very 
meagerly, gaining a livelihood, and providing bread 
for his wife and children, by making chests or trunks. 
Much of the time he abode secretly with good friends, 
here and there in Flanders, as at Meenen, Halewijn and 
Wervick, whence, on account of the severe persecution 
under the Duke of Alva, and because he was also an 
exile, he went to work in a shop at Rijssel, which was 
three leagues from the former place. 

Having afterwards secretly taken up his residence, 
with wife and children, at Ghent, it happened at a 
certain time, that he went to the house of one 
Christoffel van Leuven,' a minister of the Word of God, 
at the very time that the authorities of Ghent had 
sent to apprehend this Christoffel, and not finding 
him, they laid hands upon Jacob, taking him along and 
putting him into severe confinement, in a tower, 
guarded, and secured with seven doors. There, lying 
in great fear and distress, he earnestly called upon 
the Lord his God, in prayer, in spirit and in truth, 
that He would strengthen him therein, and graciously 
grant him help, of which he was then in great need, 
seeing many strong enemies assailed him; for Satan, 
the envier of all that is good, exerted great power 
to make him apostatize from the Lord his God, not 
resting day or night, but very subtly going about him 
to lead his soul astray. The emissaries of Satan also 
approached him very craftily, with plausible speeches, 



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as though they sought to comfort and enlighten, him; 
but if he had listened to them, they would have mur- 
dered his soul, from which God preserved him- His 
wife "and children also were to him a. source ? of great 
temptation, for it was very hard for him to leave. 
them, but for the Lord T s sake it had to be done. 

After he had been imprisoned for a time and val- 
iantly withstood many entreaties and torments, he was 
finally publicly burned, at Ghent, for living in ac- 
cordance with the genuine truth, about three years ; 
after his brother Hans had been burned there for fol- 
lowing Christ, as related before. 

We have added here the letters of this Jacob van 
denWege, which have come into our hands, that the 
reader from them may see in what faith he stood and 
died. 

A LETTER FROM JACOB VAN DEN WEGE, 
WRITTEN TO HIS WIPE, IN "THE BEGINNING 
OF HIS IMPRISONMENT, AT GHENT, 
IN THE HUYS TER LUCHT, AT THE END 
OF THE MEULENAERS STREET 

my most beloved under the sun, and my three chil- 
dren, who make my heart so faint that I scarcely know 
what I have in myself, for when I think of you, I am 
so sorely crushed with anguish in the press of afflic- 
tion, that my eyes run over with tears, so that I only 
with difficulty can quiet myself. 

my dear wife, and n^y three lambs, whom I love, 
how strong is love? how shall I be able to write you 
a parting. letter? for the waters of affliction fill 
my eyes, and this through my infirmity, misery and 
great weakness. 

my wife, I confess here before you and before all 
that read this, that I have written you here, far too 
feebly and miserably; nevertheless, the great anxiety 
and deep affliction, which rises from my strong love 
for you four, impelled me to it. But I hope that you 
will accept it from me for the sake of the truth; and, 
my dear wife, please hear my answer in regard to what 



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you had asked me, as to what advice I would give you 
concerning the traveling. I say, I give you no ad- 
vice with regard to it, since I do not know an oppor- 
tunity at present; but I would most urgently entreat 
you, that, if it be possible for you to gain some 
sort of livelihood here, that you remain until the 
matter is decided with me one way or the other, and 
this for no other reason, but that I might still hear 
from you now and then, for a greeting from you is more 
precious to me than much silver or gold. And, my 
wife, please know, that Kalleken Meere, who is im- 
prisoned with me, has made a bequest, namely, a shift, 
a necklace, a night neckerchief, and a hair-lace; and 
Hijntgen also gives you a night neckerchief, a neck- 
cloth, and her best apron. This they give to you for 
their remembrance and testament; after their death it 
is yours, and they cordially greet you with the peace 
of the Lord. Amen. 

Written in my bonds, by me, your dear husband and 

brother in the Lord . 

Jacob van den Wege 

THE LAST WORDS WRITTEN 
BY JACOB VAN DEN WEGE, AFTER HE HAD RECEIVED 
WORD THAT HE WAS TO DIE 

I, a prisoner for the name of the Lord, wish all my 
dear brethren and sisters much spiritual wisdom and 
consolation through the Holy Ghost, especially to my 
dear wife and children., whom I greatly love; but the 
Almighty Lord must be the nearest, as you are your- 
selves taught from the Word of God. Hence, my dear 
wife, whom I love, I write you this little for a part- 
ing letter in this world. Adieu my love, the Lord 
lighten your tribulation; and my most beloved sister 
in the Lord, namely, my mother; mother, be of good 
cheer in the Lord; the God of all comfort deliver you 
from your tribulation. And Sijntgen, Grietgen, and 
Glaerken, my dear sisters in the Lord, always be at 
peace with one another, and comfort one another in 
love. Adieu, all of you. I now go to deliver up my 






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life for the name of the Lord. Written the day that 
I received word that I must die. Adieu Tanneken, my 
oldest daughter, and Grietgen (0 that the Lord might 
take you), and Betgen my youngest daughter, adieu. 

Written in my bonds, by me, your dear husband and 
brother in the Lord. 



Jacob van den Wege 
— Martyr ] s Mirror (pages 969, 976) 



ANNUAL MEETING NOTIGE 



We, the members of the Eastern district of Indiana, 
Ohio, and Canada extend a hearty invitation to all our 
brethren, sisters, and friends to be with us at our 
Annual Conference, Lovefeast, and Pentecost meeting 
to be held, the lord willing, May 23, 24-, and 25, 1980, 
at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

May it be true of us as it was of the early 
Christians: "And they continued steadfastly in the 
apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of 
bread, and in prayers." 

— -Melvin Coning 

ADDRESS CHANGES 
John Bayer's phone ' (513) 835-3682 

Roger Bowser's 28371 CR. 46 Rt. 3 

Nappanee, Ind, 46550 

'-• Philip Royer's 62488 G*R. 3 ■ 

Elkhart, Ind. 46514 

Thomas Royer's 64656 St. Rd. 19 

Goshen, Ind. 46526 
(219) 862-2707 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 
" . SPRINGTIME ' 

"It f s spring!" shout boys and girls all over the 
land', and the silent forces of nature take up the cry. 

The days are warmer. The sun wakes up a little 
earlier every morning. It T s springl The snow melts, 
the mud dries up— and barefoot days are just around 
the corner. 

Spring is a time of sowing grain and watching it 
turn the fields green; a time of planting seeds in the 
garden; a time for little children, to plan In sand- 
boxes and swing on swings; a time for picking flowers 
and finding robin nests; a time of hope and promise. 

Spring is a good time to learn lessons about life. 
Don't our" souls feel the forces of spring, as we think: 
about our Lord Jesus 1 resurrection from the dead? For 
three days his body was In the cold stone tomb. But 
It soon came forth, alive again! 

Spring, is a time for growing closer to God. Each 
beautiful day is a new reason to thank Him. Each 
miracle of nature is a cause to praise Him. And, as 
the days grow warmer, we are reminded to work now, for 
the heat of summer will soon be upon us. This Is a 
lesson for young people, to be diligent in the impor- 
tant things before the cares of life come upon them. 
Now is the time to form good habits of reading God f s 
Word daily, and speaking with Him in prayer.. 

May a joyful spring be yours, with God's blessing. 

"For, lo,- the' winter is past, the rain Is over and 
gone; The flowe-rs appear on the earth; the time of 
the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the 
turtle(dove) Is heard in our land." — SKB 

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SING A SONG OF GLORY 

Sing a song of glory; 
Sing a song of praise; 
Sing salvation 1 s story; 
Sing it all your days. 

Sing a song of Jesus; 

Sing His holy name; 

Sing His truth that frees us; 

Sing of His great fame. 

Sing it every morning; 
Sing it every night; 
Sing the gospel warning; 
Sing God's love and light. 

Sing in every nation; 
Sing on land and sea; 
Sing in all creation; 
Sing eternally. 

Sing a song of glory; 

Sing a song of praise; 

Sing salvation's story; 

Sing the Lord's blest wb^ts. 

—Mollis Flora > 
Greenville, 0Jai6 



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POSITIVE CONFORMITY 

There has been much preaching, discussion, and 
writing on the subject of nonconformity (Romans 12:2) 
among Brethren circles and it is not expected that 
this simple effort will produce anything new. It is 
the writer's belief that truth needs to be taught to 
each generation and that we need to review our posi- 
tion frequently if truth is to remain alive. It is 
believed further that lack of proper teaching lies at 
the root of the problems besetting the Christian com- 
munity. This is not intended as a rebuke to anyone, 
as all of us have a part in it. 

I do not consider myself an authority on the im- 
portant subject of nonconformity to the world but 
merely hope to present something to stimulate our 
thinking. I say "important" because I believe non- 
conformity to the world is the same thing as separa- 
tion from the ungodly, and the Bible is full of teach- 
ing on the separation of the godly from the ungodly. 

Abundant evidence exists to indicate that noncon- 
formity is widely misunderstood, and it is believed 
this is a result of overemphasis on nonconformity and 
a lack of proper emphasis on positive conformity to 
the laws of God or, *as our text has it, on the trans- 
forming of the mind. 

It is feared that considerable prejudice exists on 
this subject, making it difficult if ? not. impossible 
to write something that will be acceptable to all pro- 
fessing Christians. To some, anything. less than or 
any deviation from the traditional "old order" way is 
considered heresy. In practice "old order" is too 
often confined to dress and restricted usa of certain 
modern inventions. Others would limit this doctrine 
to the attitude of the heart and mind. . We believe 
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God gave the Jewish race the rite of circumcision 
as a symbol of spiritual purity but Romans 2:28,29 
tells us "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; 
neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the 
flesh; But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and 
circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and 
not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of 
God." We believe this principle applies to all the 
New Testament teachings. And Jeremiah 31:31 says, 
"Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will 
make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with 
the house of Judah ♦ . . " In verse 33 he tells us 
what this new covenant is. "But this shall be the 
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; 
After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law 
in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; 
and will be their God, and they shall be my 'people." 

Therefore, acceptable nonconformity must indeed be 
an attitude of the heart and mind, but since the heart 
can express itself only through or by u&fea-ns of the 
physical body, it would be foolish to suppose that we 
might find a transformed heart within a. body that did 
not bear the fruit cf the spirit. In other word^, if 
the heart is transformed there will be external evi- 
dence. 

Suppose we were to delete the phrase "Arid be not 
conformed to this world" from Romans 12 but would dil- 
igently observe everything else in the chapter. Sure- 
ly the result would be a nonconformed-to-the-world 
life. However good .and- right it is to be nonconformed 
to the world, the church is not built on nonconformity. 
When Jesus was asked what the first and greatest com- 
mandment was, He did not answer, ."Thou shalt not be 
conformed to this world." But again, faithful obedi- 
ence to what He did reply will certainly produce a 
transformed mind and a nonconformed- to-the-world life. 

Nonconformity of itself will not make us acceptable 
to God. It will not excuse us from a transformed mind 
nor from complying with the first and great command- 
ment. The world today abounds with nonconformists. 



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Nonconformity has been the "in" thing for dom$ years. 
It is considered "square" and out bf step to be con- 
formed to the long-established "values. But these peo- 
ple do not have the fruit of the spirit. Nonconformity 
applied to the outside does not change the heart. 
Satan does not object to external nonconformity, but 
he is disturbed by a transformed mind and positive 
conformity to the life of Ghrist. . ■ • 

There seems to be an idea that if nonconformity is 
good then more nonconformity is better. We beli,eve 
this is unscriptural and could easily lead into an 
idolatrous asceticism. There can be no better noncon- 
formity than simple obedience to the laws of God. 

How disappointing and empty it is to see a person 
embrace a formal nonconformity when so obviously the 
heart is not in agreement with the spirit of Biblical 
separation. In the community in which we live we see 
many people whom we can readily identify by their ap- 
pearance as professing Christians and yet in various 
subtle ways many of them betray the fact that they are 
more concerned about the approval of their fellows 
than the approval of God. On the other hand, how re- 
freshing it is to meet those who by their countenance, 
conduct, conversation, and appearance demonstrate that 
they do possess a transformed mind and heart. 

Certain insects undergo a metamorphosis in one day, 
but we believe it is unreal to expect a sinner to be- 
come a mature saint all at once. Yet this is at least 
implied in much traditional nonconformity practice. 
The Bible says, "But" grow in grace, and in the know- 
ledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (II Peter 
3:1 8) Growth and progress are always encouraging and 
worthy of cultivation. 

"Be not conformed to this world" is a negative ad- 
monition, and we believe the greater emphasis needs to 
be placed on the positive "Be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind." The apostle enjoins us in 
both Ephesians 4 and Colossians 3 to put off (negative) 
the old man, but this is followed with the positive 
instruction to put on the new man. The negative em- 
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positive results. 

"Take heed that no man deceive you." (Matthew 24:4) 
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (I 
Thessalonians 5:21 ) 

--Harold Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 



THOUGHTS ON BIRTH AND GROWTH 

Our recent experience of the birth of a new baby 
has given us many thoughts. There is great joy when 
we see a fragile baby begin to breathe and grow 
stronger hour by hour. As its parents we think it is 
so weak and frail that we wonder if it is possible the 
child will live. It is certainly dependent on its 
parents for food and the things that preserve life. 
So we watch pretty anxiously and do all we can to keep 
that life going. A baby usually responds to its care, 
and every day we can see it become stronger and larger 
and eventually begin to do things by Itself. A normal 
child will soon require less help but more guidance 
from its parents. We will always watch carefully over 
our child as long as we live, giving him counsel, ex- 
ample, and prayers. If he develops as we hope, he 
will some day become a mature adult who is able to 
take care of himself and help others. How sad we 
would be if this child were not healthy and,, for all 
our care, would never be strong or able to help him- 
self. Perhaps after all of our efforts he would die. 
If he lived, he might grow up but still need constant 
care and never become a mature person. 

How joyous God is when a child accepts the new 
birth and is born into His heavenly family. As His 
child, we begin the Christian walk of life very much 
like a newborn baby. We are very weak and dependent 
on our heavenly Parent. God offers us all the Ingre- 
dients needed to become strong and healthy. He has 
made the sacrifice and preserved His word down to us. 
We must do our part by taking them and applying them 
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fruit, helping others and furthering the kingdom. 
Each battle we fight and win will make us more able 
to fight the next one. How very sad God is if after 
all His sacrifice and effort we remain weak and sick- 
ly or even die spiritually. 

Most natural parents do not live to see the old 
age and death of their children, but God sees both 
physical death and eternal destiny. May we each live 
so it can be said of us that the day of our death was 
better than the day of our birth. 



— Rex Royer 

Nappanee, Indiana 



EDITORIIL... 

President Carter has ordered aa a " pre cautionary 
measure" the registration of all young men in the 
United States born in the years I960 and 1961. This 
is to take place between July 21 and August 2. Start- 
ing in January , men born in 1962 will register, and 
from then on registration will be required on or near 
the date men turn 18. 

Already law suits are filed to 'block this require- 
ment ^ the complaint being that it is discriminatory 
against men, (Women and men are supjx>sed to have 
equal rights I ) 

This registration means greater readiness for this 
country to go to war. We immediately think of our 
young men and what will be required of those who 
want to obey Jesus 1 command to love our enemies and 
to live peaceably with all men. In the San Francisco 
E xaminer (Thursday, July 3, 1980) from a question- 
answer column on the draft is this item of special 
interest to us: 

Question; What provisions are being made 
for those who wish to register as conscientious 
objectors? 

Answer: The determination of a registrant ! w 
classification is made by members of his local 



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draft board. Because the local boards are not 
in active status at this time, no classifications 
of any type are being issued to registrants. 
Therefore, those who consider themselves con- 
scientious objectors are required to register. 

If they so wish,, they may write "CO." on 
their registration forms. Such action will not 
invalidate the registrations, nor will it confer 
conscientious objector status on individuals. .•■■■ 

As we see this draft process beginning again, we 
know that God is watching y and He will provide for all 
who put their trust in Him. We are not here to criti- 
cize and complain about our government and officials. 
Our duty is to pray for them and obey them just as far 
as we can without violating our obedience to God. 
When Peter and John were commanded by their rulers not 
to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, they answered, 
"Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken 
unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot 
but speak the things which we have seen and heard. " 
(Acts 4:19,20) 

Some Christian-professing people will refuse to 
register and violate the law. Some will probably take 
part in demonstrations , and some will consider it their 
duty to call on the government to lay down all arms. 
Our duty here is to obey God's Word consistantly and 
be true servants of Jesus Christ. We believe that the 
powers of the government are ordained and given by God, 
but they are in a different category and for a differ- 
ent purpose from His Kingdom. We have duties and 
obligations here, but our primary loyalty is to the 
Kingdom of God. Jesus says, "Render therefore unto 
Caesar the things which, are Caesar's; and unto God the 
things that are God's," (See Matthew 22:15-22) Jesus 
showed the Pharisees the image of Caesar stamped on 
their coins. On man is stamped the image of God. We 
believe that to fight to defend the country, to hold 
office in the worldly governments, or to help elect 
these officials would be 3 for us, rendering to Caesar 
service and loyalty that belong only to God, We also 



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believe it is inconsistant then to tell the worldly 
government to lay down arms or to demonstrate against 
its decisions* 

We should realize that to take this kind of stand 
should also compel us to "walk carefully. " To demand 
our rights in other areas, to complain about taxes, 
to criticize public officials unduly, or to disobey 
laws for our benefit would only show ingratitude for 
the freedoms we are allowed in this country and would 
bring reproach upon the body of Christ, 

To take this stand of non-resistance and peace also 
makes it more and more important for us to be peace- 
able in other areas of cur lives. Do we live peace- 
ably with our neighbors, or families, our brethren 
and sisters? We who would obey our Saviour 1 . s command 
to love our enemies — do we love our friends? Is there 
peace in our hearts? Are we content with what we have? 

May God give us grace to truly show a peace wit- 
ness in our whole lives. When we expect our young 
men to stand against violence and carnal war, may 
we too, realize that vie must support them with con- 
distant, godly lives every day. — L.C. 



HAPPINESS 

Happiness is to know the Lord, 
B^ing obedient to His Word; 
The unity of Spirit in bonds of peace, 
Our love for 'Him shall ever increase. 

Happiness is a smile- today 

For our neighbor, friend, or one by the way; 

For our fellowman at work or store; 

And the Lord will bless us evermore. 

— John C. Wray 

Modesto, California 



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EVENING MEDITATIONS 

Another day is past and gone; 

Before the rising of the sun 

We hope to rest and be refreshed, 

But should we not, first, thank Someone? 

Yes, thank Him for this day now done; 
For tears and laughter, rain and sun; 
For friends and loved ones, children dear; 
Our homes, and all our blessings here. 

For watching o'er us night and day, 

And list ! ning to us when we pray; 

For giving strength when we grow weak, 

And guiding actions, thoughts, and speech. 

We most of all owe thanks to Him 

For His Son, Saviour of all men; 

For all our sins He bled and died; 

For you and me was crucified. 

How could we then, at close of day, 
Neglect to kneel down and to pray 
With so much to be thankful for? 
Let's praise our Saviour o r er and o'er! 

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and 
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . " 
(Ephesians 5:20) 

—Martha E. Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



BIRIHS 

ROYER - A son, Reuben James, born June 8 to Rex and 
Janice Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 

BOONE - A son, Nicholas Daniel, born June 30 to 
Stephen and Neva Boone of New Lebanon, Ohio. 



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LESSON FROM THE RIVER 

Take a lesson from the river; 

When obstructions try to block, 
It just keeps on flowing over 

Or around each stone and rock. 

When a mountain looms unnoticed 

And is suddenly ahead, 
The river meets the challenge; 

Finds another course instead. 

Ch the music of the river 

Is a sweeter song by far, 
Than if there were no obstructions 

That would try its path to mar» 

For the boulders add their beauty 

To the foamy, rhythmic beat; 
It inspires the birds to singing, 

And the travelers to retreat. 

Can a life be like a river? 

Can it sing through strife and pain? 
Can a person go on living 

Through each sorrow, stress and strain? 

We can find a richer channel 

'Round each problem hard to solve 

With a faith and trust in Jesus, 
Walking hand in hand with God. 

He can make 'the music sweeter 

And more beautiful to sing; 
And each mile growing stronger 

With the deeper love it brings. 

For the pebbles make the music 

As the river flows along; 
Each obstruction adds its key notes 

To the music of the song. 

By Maxine Clark 

Selected by Mary Ellen Lavy 



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HISTORICAL 

FIVE PIOUS CHRISTIANS, HANS VAN aUNSTDORP 
AND JANNEKEN MUNSTDORP HIS WIFE, 
TOGETHER WITH MARIKEN, LIJSKEN, 

AND MAEYKEN, ALL BURNED TOGETHER 

AT STAKES, AT ANTWERP, 

IN THE YEAR 1573 

The awful murderer's den of the city of Antwerp, 
though full of stakes, slain bodies, and the ashes of 
the saints, was at this time not yet sated with the 
many massacres that were perpetrated for the sake of 
the true faith on the innocent sheep of Christ. This 
appeared also in the case of five pious Christians, 
namely, Hans van Munstdorp and Janneken Munstdorp his 
wife, together with Mariken, Lijsken and Maeyken. 
These were, about the year 1573 while they were gath- 
ered to hear the Word of God, apprehended together and 
confined in the prison at Antwerp, 

But when they could in no manner be turned from the 
steadfastness of their faith, notwithstanding many 
terrible threats, disputations with worldly, learned 
men, and other means were used against them, it was 
determined to put them all to death, and this not in 
an easy or short manner, but by fire, till life in 
them, should be extinct. 

This was first put into execution on Hans van 
Munstdorp, who, about the month of September of the 
aforesaid year, was taken out of the fold, away from 
the other four, as a sheep for the slaughter, and, ac- 
cording to the sentence passed, put to death with a 
huge fire, which severe and grievous death he stead- 
fastly endured, with a heart full of good cheer. 

The reason why the other four persons were not put 
to death with him, was chiefly because his wife 
Janneken Munstdorp was very far advanced in pregnancy, 
and was soon to be delivered, which took place shortly 
after her dear husband was burnt. She was delivered 
of a little daughter, whom she, since she was now also 
soon to die, named, after her own name, Janneken, and 



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made great haste to get the child (before the priests 
should lay hands on It) to the friends , to whom she 
heartily commended It, and also wrote a testament full 
of excellent Instructions to- this little daughter, 
when she was about a month old, which testament the 
friends preserved for her. 

When the time of her 'offering up was at hand, so 
that she was sentenced on the 6th of October, to fol- 
low her husband by a like death; which message also 
the other three women, namely, Mariken, Lijsken, and 
Maeyken, received, for which they joyfully and willing- 
ly prepared themselves, longing for the hour of their 
redemption. 

This sentence was executed on them at the time and 
hour appointed, when they offered up to the lord a 
living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, for which they 
shall hereafter be exempt from eternal fire, and per- 
mitted to enter into the blessed enjoyment in the par- 
adise of God. They shall hunger no more, neither 
thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, 
nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of 
ohe throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto 
living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away 
all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:16,17) 

(TESTAMENT) WRITTEN TO JANNEKEN 
MI OWN DEAREST DAUGHTER, WHILE I WAS 
(UNWORTHILY) CONFINED FOR THE LORD'S SAKE 
IN PRISON, AT ANTWERP, A. D. 1573 

The true love of God and wisdom of the Father 
strengthen you in virtue, my dearest child; the Lord 
of heaven and earth, the God of Abraham, the God of 
Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the Lord in Israel, keep 
you in His virtue, and strengthen and confirm your 
understanding in His truth, hy dear little child, I 
cpmmend you to the Almighty, great and terrible God, 
who only is wise, that He will keep you, and let you 
grow up in His fear, or that He will take you home in 
your youth, this is my heart f s request of the Lord: 
you who are yet so young, and whom I must leave here 
in this wicked, evil, perverse world. 



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Since, then, the Lord has so ordered and foreor- 
dained it, that I must leave you here, and you are 
here deprived of father and mother, I will commend you 
to the Lord; let Him do with you according to His holy 
will. He will govern you, and be "a Father to you, so 
that you shall have no lack here, if you only fear 
God; for He will be the Father of the orphans and ■ thfe 
Protector of the widows. 

Hence, my dear lamb, I who am Imprisoned and bound 
here for the Lord's sake, can help you in no other 
way; I had to leave your father for the Lord's sake, 
and could keep him only a short time. We were per- 
mitted to live together only half a year, after which 
we were apprehended, because we sought the salvation 
of our souls. They took him from me, not knowing my 
condition, and I had to remain in imprisonment, and 
see him go before me; and it was a great grief to him, 
that I had to remain here In prison. And now that I 
have abided the time, and borne you under my heart 
with great sorrow for nine months, and given birth to 
you here in prison, in great pain, they have taken you 
from me. Here I lie, expecting death every morning, 
and shall now soon follow your dear father. And I, 
your dear mother, write you, my dearest child, some- 
thing for a remembrance, that you will thereby remem- 
ber your dear father and your dear mother. 

Since I am now delivered up to death, and must 
leave you here alone, I must through these lines cause 
you to remember that when you have attained your under- 
standing, you endeavor to fear God, and see and exam- 
ine why and for whose name we both died; and be not 
ashamed to confess us before the world, for you must 
know that it is not for the sake of any evil. Hence 
be not ashamed of us; it is the way which the prophets 
and the apostles went, and the narrow way which leads 
into eternal life, for there shall no other way be 
found by which to be saved. . . 

This I wish you for a perpetual testament, and for 
a perpetual adieu and farewell my dearest lamb. 

Remember thereby your dear father, and me, your 
dear mother, who have written t*ia with my own hand, 



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for your edification; and always keep this gold real 
with you, with this letter, for a perpetual testament; 
I herewith bid you adieu and farewell; I hope to seal 
this letter with my blood at the stake. 

I herewith commend you to the Lord, and to the com- 
forting Word of His grace, and bid you adieu once 
more. I hope to wait for you; follow me, my dearest 
child. 

Once more, adieu, my dearest upon earth; adieu, and 
nothing more; adieu, follow me; adieu and farewell. . 

Written on the 10th of August, A. D. 1573, at 
Antwerp . 

This is the testament which I wrote in prison for 
my daughter Janneken, whom I bore and gave birth to 
here in my bonds. 

By me your dearest mother, imprisoned for the 
Lord 1 s* sake. 

Janneken hunstdorp 



— Martyr's Mirror, pages 983, 984, 987 



NEWS , ITEMS 

At a special council meeting of the Salida -congre- 
gation on April L9, Brother Leslie Cover was ordained 
to the Eldership and installed with his wife, Martha, 
fey the Lord bless them in their new responsibilities. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 

On the eve of May 21 the members of the Goshen con- 
gregation met at the waterside to witness the baptism 
of Elva Schrock. May she ever live true and faithful. 

The following official work was done at Goshen on 
May 23: Kenneth Martin was ordained to the Eldership 
and installed with his wife, Lois. On May 24, Hcllis 
Flora was ordained to the Eldership and installed with 
his wife, Charlotte. May the Lord richly bless their 
labors. 

— Melvin Coning 



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LET MB FORGET 

Let me forget life's little stings 
And think of better things. 
Let me forget the unkind word 
That someone spoke when he was stirred. 
Let me forget, Lord, forget 
Unpleasant happenings I have met, 
And then look up and give Thee praise 
For happy hours and pleasant days. 

Let me forget the unkind blow 

That someone dealt me years ago; 

Or yesterday, perhaps today, 

While I was going on my way* 

And help me, Lord, forget the deed, 

And for his welfare plead and plead, 

Lest he should fail to count the cost, 

Then die and be forever lost. 

Let me forget my own mistakes 

That every human being makes; 

Let me forget my failures past 

And reach life's highest goal at last; 

Let me, Lord, forget, forget 

Whatever causes sad regret, 

And know that Christ forgives us all 

When we on Him most humbly call. 

Selected by Bertie Baker 

ADDRESS CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS 

Dorothy Cover's phone number: (209)521*8813 
Pauline Flora's street: State Rd. 36 
Philip Royer's sip code: 46517 
Thomas Royer's son: Nathaniel 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 
GARDENING 

Do you like to eat fresh sweet corn? Potatoes? 
Gantaloupe? Strawberries? Most of us enjoy these 
things so much that we work long hours in the garden 
so we can have them. The garden is tilled and marked 
off in rows. Seeds are planted in furrows and covered; 
plants are carefully set in long rows, and the work is 
just begun. 

As the weeks 'of summer go by we will spend many 
more hours helping our parents hoe, pull weeds, dust, 
and mulch. Sometime s, in the cool hours of the morn- 
ing, we may think no job could be nicer. Other times 
our tired backs and the hot sun will make us weary of 
it, but we will keep on working until the garden 
fruits are on our table. 

Isn r t our life here on earth similar to our garden- 
ing? Soon after we are born we show a stubborn will 
that needs to be broken; if our parents would refuse 
to discipline us, we would be like an unplowed garden: 
lazy, selfish, fast-growing "weeds" would be everywhere. 

We also need orderliness. Imagine a garden without 
rows--where all the. seeds would be mixed up and scat- 
tered carelessly about I That's what our lives would be 
like if our parents wouldn't help us form good habits. 

And growth! We would not likely grow up to be god- 
ly men and women if our parents would not keep us from 
evil "diseases" and "pests" and keep hoeing weeds 
faithfully. 

Ghildren are worth more than all the fruits and 
vegetables in the whole world, hay our "gardens" bring 
forth goodly children, to the glory of God. SKB 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech' you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



FAITH IS A LIVING POWER 

Faith is a living power from heaven 
Which grasps the* promise God has given; 
Securely fixed on Christ alone , 
A trust that cannot be o'erthrown. 

Faith finds in Christ whatever we need 
To save and strngthen, guide and feed; 
Strong in His grace it joys to share 
His cross, in hope His crown to wear. 

Faith to the conscience whispers peace; 
And bids the mourner* s sighing cease; 
By faith the children 1 s right we claim, 
And call upon our Father 1 s name. 

Such faith in us, God, implant, 
And to our prayers Thy favor grant, 
In Jesus Christ, Thy saving Son, 
Who is our fount of health alone. 

„ Petrus Herbert, 1566, 



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BOUGHT WITH A PRICE 

n Ye are bought with a price." 

What a statement this is that the apostle Paul uses 
twice in his first letter to the Gorinthians! (I 
Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23) Do we, or can we realize 
what that price was? 

At the fall in Eden the first promise of a redeemer 
was given when God said the seed of the woman should 
bruise the head of the serpent. Enoch surely knew of 
the coming redemption of man when he said, "Behold, 
the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints . . ." 
(Jude 14) And so on through the scriptures promises 
are given. David prophesied in the Psalms concerning 
the coming Redeemer and His suffering. (Psalm 22) And 
we are all familiar with Isaiah's prophecy in Isaiah 

53. 

All through the Old Testament, the faithful offered 
animal sacrifices to God. Abel was the first to do so. 
Noah offered what must have been a tremendous burnt 
offering when he came out of the ark. We are told 
that he offered of every clean beast and every clean 
fowl. (Genesis 8:20) Then, under the Law, there were 
innumerable sacrifices made. In all of these sacri- 
fices, God was well pleased with those offerings that 
were made to Him. from a pure heart. 

Yet all these sacrifices could never pay the price 
of the redemption of man. There was only one who 
could do that: the Son of God. And what a price He 
paid! There really is no way that we can know or tell 
what He endured for our salvation. We can read of the 
scorn and ridicule that He endured during His ministry. 
For nearly two thousand years, Christians have wept as 
they have heard or read the accounts of His unjust 
trial, scourging, and crucifixion. 

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pain, but in no way can we know the awful load that He 
carried as He bore the sin of all mankind . How can we 
comprehend the agony in the garden of Gethsemane, when 
His sweat fell as great drops of blood? We have heard 
that under terrible suffering , a person T s sweat may 
become bloody. ' This happened to our Lord before the 
actual physical suffering began. 

What a load He bore to save us from the fall! "For 
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life." (John 3:1 6) 

An article in the June, 1980 issue of the National 
Geographic magazine has brought the suffering of • * - • 
Christ vividly to our mind. This article is about the 
(so-called) Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 
shroud that Jesus was wrapped in when He was buried. 
It seems very likely that it is authentic. The shroud 
is twice the length of a body. The body was laid on 
the shroud lengthwise. The shroud was brought up over 
the head and then down across the. body to cover the 
feet. 

There is the image of a man's body, back and front, 
on this shroud. The blood stains from the nail wounds 
and the wound in the side are very plain, ^lso, the 
blood stains from the- crown of thorns are very plain 
at the head. And especially touching to our heart are 
the marks of the scourging. The Romans used a flagrum, 
which had three cords tipped with lead or bone so that 
they would cut .at every lash. The image on the shroud 
is completely covered with scourge marks from head to 
foot, front and back. 

What He endured, oh, who can tell 
To savV our souls from deatH and Hell!, - 
Whether this shroud is Jesus .'burial shroud or. not, 
it bears the marks of a crucified' man and brings -to * 
our minds anew 1 what our Lord endured for us. What ■ 
pain, what suffering, what humiliation He endured even 
before He, went to the cross! Little wonder that He 
was not able to bear His cross all the way. Aid also, 
what sorrow! For He came unto His own, and His own 
received Him not. 



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But we can receive Him. 

Thank God, He did not remain in the tomb. He a*- 
rose! And since He broke the bars of death, death has 
no hold on us, so that if we are in Him and He in us, 
we can arise also. 

Now, a concluding note about this shroud; it ap- 
pears, to even bear witness to the resurrection. The 
question is, "How did the image get on .the shroud?" 
Recent tests have been made, and, while the blood is 
soaked completely through the material, the image of 
the body is only on the very top fibers of the cloth, 
as a very faint scorch. According to Thomas D'Muhala, 
President of Nuclear Technologies Corporation at 
Amston, Connecticut, the image could have resulted 
from a burst of radiation emanating from all parts of 
the body simultaneously in a one five -hundredth of a 
second flash. 

At the moment of resurrection? 

Now, in conclusion, let us consider our duty to 
God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He has given 
all for us. Then should not we consecrate our lives 
to Him? For, "know ye not that your body is the tem- 
ple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have 
of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought 
with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and 
in your spirit, Which are God T s." (I Corinthians 6; 
19-20) 

— Daniel S. Wagner 
Bradford, Ohio 

THE • BUILDING OF GOD 

The day for the house raising finally arrived. The 
owner had already spent many hours laying the founda- 
tion, preparing materials, cutting plates and headers, 
building trusses. When the crew came to put up the 
framing, all was ready. As I approached the scene 
tying on a carpenter apron, the air was filled with 
the staccato sound of many hammers. All was business 
as the experienced men took charge and the inexper- 



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ienced followed their directions. With thirty men 
working together, that house was framed in one day. 

Not all parts of the building go up so fast. Some 
jobs need more skill and patience; designing and fin- 
ishing take time and care. But in building of any kind, 
progress is made. Unless there is carelessness and 
poor planning, a 30b once done does not need to be done 
again. Each part of the building becomes the basis for 
further progress until at last the house is completed. 

The Church of Jesus Christ is a building project 
going on today. Jesus declared > "...upon this rock I 
will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against it." Much preparation went into this 
building before it ever began to rise. It was proph- 
esied about and even demonstrated in various ways in 
Old Testament times. Isaiah 28:16 says, "Therefore 
thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a 
foundation a -stone, a tried stone, a precious corner 
stone, a sure foundation: he that believe th shall not 
make haste." Zechariah (6:12 and 15) prophesies: 
"•..Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he 
shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build 
the temple of the Lord... And they that are far off 
shall come and build in the temple of the Lord..." 

King David had it In his heart to build a great 
temple for God. He lived in a house, but the ark of 
God was still in the temporary tabernacle of curtains. 
God told him through Nathan the prophet that He never 
asked this of His people — that He did not need a house 
of cedar. But at that time He gave David some inter- 
esting promises: "-Moreover I will appoint a place for 
my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may 
dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither 
shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, 
as beforetime. . . Also the Lord telleth thee that he 
will make thee an house... And thine house and thy 
kingdom shall be established for ever," (II Samuel 7: 
10, 11, 16) 

It is obvious from succeeding history that this 
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preserve was not the earthly house of David, but was 
something far greater. In Amos 9:11-15 this promise 
is renewed to Israel, By that time:, about 250 years 
later, the kingdom of Israel was divided and practical- 
ly in ruin. God told Israel through this prophet: 
"In that day will- I raise up the tabernacle of David 
that is fallen, and close up the. breaches thereof; 
and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as 
in days of old:, That they may possess the remnant of 
Sdom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my 
name, saith the Lord that doeth this. 11 Without fur- 
ther word on this prophecy, we might conclude that 
Israel would someday return to the splendor and power 
of the times of Kings David and Solomon. But in 
Acts 15 > James repeats this prophecy of Amos and says 
it is being fulfilled in the building of the Church 
of Christ and the including of the Gentiles in this 
building. He also says (verse 18), "Known unto God 
are all his works from the beginning of the worl<i." 
God knew all along that He would do it this way I 
Now this building continues to rise — block by block— 
and someday it will be complete. 

Paul speaks of laying the foundation, and truly 
he was one of the foundation workers. He writes in 
I Corinthians 3:9-11* "For we are labourers together 
with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's build- 
ing. According to the grace of God which is given 
unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the 
foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let 
every man take heed hew he buildeth thereupon. For 
other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, 
which is Jesus Christ." He goes on to tell that some 
work in the building will stand the fire , and other 
work will be worthless and be burned up, but the 
builder upon the foundation will be saved. He further 
warns against working against God in this building. 
Verse 1?: "If any man defile (or destroy) the temple 
of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God 
Is holy, which temple ye are." We see that God has 
mercy on the builders though they use material that 



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will not endure. But on the destroyers of His build- 
ing, He answers with destruction. 

It reminds us of what Jesus said in Matthew 18:7, 
"Woe unto the world because of offencesl 'for 'it must 
needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by 
whom the offence Cometh I " Jesus came to seek and to 
save and to build. He tells us the adversary's purpose 
is to destroy, "The thief cometh not, but for to 
steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that 
they' might have life, and that they might have it more 
abundantly." (John 10:10) 

And so God hates those things that tear down. Pro- 
verbs 6:16: "These..., six things doth the Lord hate; yea, 
seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a 
lying tongue, 'and hands that shed innocent blood, An 
heart that devise th wicked imaginations, feet that be 
swift in running 'to mischief, A false witness that 
speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among breth- 
ren." 

The builders of the Church have always had enemies 
that would hinder the work. It is like when Nehemiah 
and his people rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem after the 
captivity in Babylon. Their enemies did all they 
could to stop the building. When they couldn't stop 
them by scoffing and threatening, they caxrie to fight 
with them. But they continued to build, all the while 
watching for the enemy. We, too, should be armed and 
watchful. Nehemiah 4:17 & 18: "They which builded on 
the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that 
laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the 
w©rk, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the 
builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, 
and so builded..." 

Cur enemy is ever ready to hinder, to scoff, to 
distract us to wasted efforts on things that do not 
add to the building. We can waste so much time on 
worldly pursuits^ amusements, criticisms, fretting, 
etc. and our little part of the building that the Lord 
wants to use us in simply comes to a halt. It takes 
skill, effort, and diligence to build. Anyone can 



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hinder and tear down. But Jesus, the great Builder 
of His Church wants us to be builders, too, helping 
each other and encouraging one another. 

Best of all, we may be "lively stones" in God'fe 
spiritual house. (I Peter 2:5) We aren't, by natural 
birth, of the family of David. But God tells us 
through Paul in Ephesians 2:19, "Now therefore ye y 

are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow- 
citizens with the saints, and of the household of 
God. And are built upon the foundation of the apos- 
tles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the 
chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly 
framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the 
Lord; .In whom ye also are builded together for an 
habitation of God through the Spirit." 

Isaac Watts wrote of this building: 

Behold the sure foundation stone, 

Which God in Zion lays, 
To build our heavenly hopes upon, 

And His eternal praise. 

■.,. - i . - - - 

Chosen of God to sinners dear, 

And saints adore the name, 
They trust their whole salvation here, 

Nor shall they suffer shame. 

The foolish builders, scribe and priest, 

Reject it with disdain, 
Yet on this Rock the Church shall rest, 

And envy rage in vain. 

What though the gates of hell withstood, 

Yet must this building rise; 
! Tis Thine own work, Almighty God, 

And wondrous in our eyes. 

J 
The building of God will continue in spite of, all 

adversaries and difficulties. Someday it will stand 

complete and beautiful — the new Jerusalem. for God r s 

glory. May you and I be in that building. — L.C. 



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LETTER OF TEAMS 

We are thanking and praising the lord that He made 
it possible for us to take a trip to the United States 
and see our families, loved ones, and Brethren and 
Sisters of like precious faith. We are truly thankful 
for the hospitality and friendliness shown to us, and 
that we could worship with you once again. 

We never cease to marvel at the love and care and 
concern God has for His children. We had thought of 
how wonderful it would be for us and our children to 
witness a baptizing while we were in the U. S., but 
thought that would just be asking too much of the Lord 
as so many souls have asked for baptism during the 
time we've lived down here. Nothing is impossible 
with God, and He even made it possible that we could 
be at a baptizing while we were there, so we praise 
Him for that. 

We so much appreciated and enjoyed being able to 
surround the communion tables once again. We enjoyed 
the Sundays that we could hear out of God's Word and 
sing hymns of praise with our Brethren and Sisters and 
pray together. 

We thank the Lord for making it possible to fellow- 
ship and visit with our Brother, Sister and family 
from the far West whom we have learned to love and 
know better through their faithfulness of writing to 
us. 

After our two months 1 stay with you -we had .a safe 
trip home and everything here was fine. The hired man 
had taken good care of things while we were, gone and 
had things looking nice. 

We truly thank God for His goodness and His watch- 
fulness over us. We thank each of you, and even 
though we are miles apart may we still be close 
through the Holy Spirit and the power of prayer. 

We certainly welcome anyone "that feels t9 come to 
visit us ' In Christian love, 

Wade, Violet Flora and family 
Goias, Brazil 



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FOR OUR STUDENTS 

Assembled in our school once more, 
Lord, Thy blessing we implore ; 
We meet to read and sing and pray; 
Be with us, then, through this Thy day. 

Our fervent prayer to Thee ascends 
For parents, teachers, and for friends; 
And when we in Thy house appear, 
Help us to worship in Thy fear. 

When we on earth shall meet no more, 
May we above to glory soar 
And praise Thee in more lofty strains, 
Where one eternal Sabbath reigns. 

Author unknown 

COMMUNION MEETING NOTICES 

The Eastern District of the Old Brethren have agreed, 
the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Love feast and Com- 
munion on October 11 and 12 at the Bradford, Ohio, 
meeting house. Communion is also appointed for August 
31 with our members in Canada near Maple, Ontario. A 
hearty invitation is extended to all of our members 
and friends to be with us. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Love feast 
meeting, the Lord willing, at Salida on November 1st 
and 2nd. We sincerely invite and welcome all our 
dear brethren and sisters and friends to come and be 
with us at this time of communion and spiritual- revi- 
val. May God richly bless this coming meeting and all 

who attend. T , • 

— Joseph L. Cover , : 

New phone number: old Brethren Christian School 

Bradford, Ohio (513) 448-2751 



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HISTORICAL 

For our last account in our brief study of the per- 
secutions and martyrdoms of the Christian Church, we 
have selected a more recent example of suffering — in 
our century and in our country. The time was during 
World War I. The writer is one who was imprisoned him- 
self- for his conscientious objector stand, the late 
Noah Leatherman from Hillsboro, Kansas and later 
Livingston, California. — L.C. 

THE HQFERS* CASE ' " 
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, December, 1918 

The fellow was telling his story. His eyes — plain- 
tive eyes — spoke eloquently of Intense suffering, and 
were fitting comrades to the tale he voiced. The story, 
indeed, came as a stale breath from the Inquisition— 
a smudge of- medievalism- hanging on through the centuries 
to the shadow, its insidious deviltry upon our twentieth 
century— a hideous jest to taunt its moderns who boast 
of idealism and democracy. 

As this bearded man with the beseeching eyes recount- 
ed his nearly unbelievable tale of religious persecution, 
there seemed to spring from the trite words of his nar- 
rative a vitality of will to believe. I saw manifested 
there an indomitable spiritual courage to live convic- 
tions and to permit no coercive interference with the 
still small voice of conscience. These were the virtues 
so evident in the man — qualities indeed which not only 
define the strength. of any personal religion but which 
essentially characterize man's progress toward all spir- 
itual freedom. Such were the virtues that authority's 
persecution had violated, and, as sympathy and admira- 
tion surged to the man, I suddenly felt twisted into 
some abhorrent nightmare of a past inquisition. 

Unouestionably the story should be told— and retold; 
for while it probably instances one of the worst of the 
present war's persecutions in America— it still typifies 
the spirit under which the war heretics had to suffer. 



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Words , however j seem Inadequate to tell the story as 
related to me by this. CO., for it is in reality writ- 
ten only in the indelible characters of his terrible 
sufferings and in the deaths of his comrades. 

Jacob Wipf and the three Hofer brothers were members 
of the Hutterian sect. Staunch to their religious con- 
victions, they protested against the forced use of their 
bodies in : war. They were remanded by the authorities 
to the Alcatraz prison. This prison, built on a rock 
island of 12 acres, contained a typical Spanish dungeon 
or "hole" as it is called in the vernacular of prison- 
ers. It is with this chamber cf punishment that our 
story deals. 

The usual rigors of confinement that military prison- 
ers all endure — although evil enough in themselves — 
are as nothing compared with the tortures suffered by 
Wipf and his associates. They believed, with an in- 
tense conviction , that their God utterly precluded any 
submission to military command. Immediately, therefore, 
upon their entrance to the prison, they refused to com- 
ply with any dictate of soldier authority. It must be 
remembered that this was no degenerate whim, nor yet 
the stubbornness of criminals — it was the highest spirit- 
ual convictions of deeply religious men. 

Upon refusing to work, they were sentenced to con- 
finement in the "hole 11 , and they descended to this ter- 
ror cell to suffer for five days under the most incon- 
ceivable conditions. The dungeon, a hideous reminder 
of past ignorance and cruelty, is located 30 feet below 
the base of the prison building, and just at the level 
of the sea. The thick stone walls, standing through 
long years, had become saturated with moisture, and 
water continually worked through the crumbling mortar 
joints and trickled on the floor. The air of the 
place was heavy and always damp and stale. 

Into this "hole" the Hutterian brothers were thrown 
and, inpotent before the uncompromising power of the 
officers, they could not reasonably anticipate help 
from any human agency. You cannot conceive the poig- 
nant isolation an individual feels behind the walls 
and restrictions of a military prison. A dull sodden 



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impotence pervades one's mind and body, a deep-seated 
horror of the bars, the guards and the oppressive rules 
(regulations). Realizing the injustice, of his confine- 
ment and seeing his cherished ideals of freedom and of 
the right of honest opinion brutally ravished — there 
comes to the religious prisoner a slow, throbbing spir- 
itual pain. But add to this the terrors of a torture 
cell of the Alcatraz type and you know the acme of 
heinous persecution. 

The four Hutterians were handcuffed by the wrists to 
an iron bar whose level barely allowed their feet to 
touch the floor. Guards stripped them of their .civilian 
clothing down to underwear. Blankets or covering of any 
kind were refused them, and they lived in shivering fear 
of the cold and damp of the cell. . , 

Beside them on the floor were laid soldier's uniforms. 
The tenets of their church forbade them the wearing of 
military garb. The sneering guards, miscalculating the 
determination, of these prisoners, swore that soon they 
would be dragged up as regular "soldiers." Wipf's eyes 
shone triumphantly as he told me this incident. 

"But," he said, "we decided, to wear the uniform was 
not what God would have us do. It was a question of do- 
ing our religious duty, not one of living or dying," 
Then quietly, "And we never wore the uniform." 

For a full 36 hours, these quiet heroes remained 
"strung up" as it is called. Not a bite of food of any 
sort was furnished them and only one glass of water. 
They suffered — chilled to the bone, nearly naked, hunger- 
ing and thirsting and with pain and fatigue torturing 
every nerve. To add to their torments, guards came to 
them during this 36-hour period and beat them brutally 
with clubs. Yet never once did they think of .accepting 
the easy way out of succumbing to the military rule. 

Finally the inhumanity — as well as the futility — of 
such treatment was apparent even to the authorities, and 
they released the Hutterians, who were by this time in 
wretched condition. 

For the rest of the five day period, they were exemp- 
ted from this "hanging up," but the other features of 
punishment remained in force. They were without cloth- 



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ing." The cell was damp and musty. They were allowed 
a single glass of water each 24 hours , and not # mor- 
sel of food for the full five days. The dungeon con- 
tained no bed, and their rest was taken on the water- 
soaked floor. Washing and toilet facilities were en- 
tirely lacking , and thus they were forced to live there 
close to the filth of their own excretion,. Frequently 
the sentries came to manhandle their- victims. 

Full of the horror and pain of it all, these four 
protestants to war gradually became weaker and weaker. 
They felt the. "death by inches 11 close upon them. San- 
ity remained to them only by the sturdiest effort of 
will. 

At last the authorities, fearing the consequences 
of their action, released Wipf and the Hofers from this 
ordeal. They emerged from the dungeon, broken in 
health, and barely managed to walk. Upon reaching the 
light and fresh air of the upper prison, they were 
found to have contracted scurvy. Their skin was 
covered with unsightly eruptions. The effects of this 
disease were still evident in Wipf ' s face when I talked 
to him/ This completes the story of the actual dungeon 
experience of the Hutterians, and though they were ex- 
' posed to many petty persecutions in the California 
prison, their lot was softened considerably. 

The immediate sequel, however, is as hideous as the 
actual story. Shortly after their. -ordeal- in the under- 
ground cell, the Hutterians were transferred to another 
military prison, where most of the C.O.- f s were in con- 
finement.' The change was from a temperate climate to 
one iriore rigorous, and this was accentuated because the 
season was that of early winter, ^ 

With their advent >to the discipline of this other- 
prison, the Hutterians found similar difficulties await- 
ing them. ' They again refused to submit to military 
duties, and as in their former place of imprisonment, 
they were sentenced to confinement in " solitary. » 
Conditions here were infinitely more favorable in re- 
spect to sanitation. Still they were placed on a bread 
and water diet for 14 days, " strung up" to the bars *pf 
their cells, and forced to sleep on the floor. 



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The conseauences of such "disciplinary" treatment 
following so closely upon their former ordeal and com- 
bined with the sudden change from warm to cold weather 
are easily pictured. Cold draughts that swept across 
them as they slept on the floor soon took fatal effect 
on their weakened lungs. Within ten days two of them — 
two of the brothers — lay dead in the hospital. The im- 
mediate cause, the surgeon 1 s report stated, was pneumonia! 

The third brother — already in a precarious, though not 
serious physical condition — was granted an immediate re- 
lease to arrange for the journey home o.f. his dead broth- 
ers. Jacob, physically the strongest of the four, stayed 
staunchily in solitary, fighting down his general weak- 
ness and diminishing vitality with never a thought of 
playing the coward. 

Finally Wipf s physical strength became exhausted, 
and as I write his story, he now lies in the prison hos- 
pital suffering the effects of the dungeon torments. I 
recall him as he spoke with me, patient and quiet, though 
staunch in an unassuming heroism. He held neither malice 
nor hate against his oppressors. Here was a gentle form 
of forgiveness for them.. All that remained of his con*-' 
cern about his persecutions was a wonderment that our 
present system could thrive and that the social cons- 
cience could remain callous to such coersive brutalities. 

This is the spirit of the man, and the message of 
his story. It is sufficiently startling to quicken the 
conscience of every American to shame that he should be 
even a remote party to such oppression. And similar 
sufferings were meted out to all the objectors of war, 
though in many instances the coercion was not carried 
to such brutal extremes as in the case of the Hutterians. 
But all suffered much the same— Christian and-Jew > : 
Socialist and Moralist; a thousand of them, and as 
clean cut and auietly brave a group of Americans as I 
have ever seen teamed to a common cause. 

You are caught quietly in the comfort of your library 
chair or at the calm of your fireside!... To all of you — 
Americans — comes the story of Jacob Wipf and the Hofers 
who would not let their conscience die. 

From the Diary of Noah H. Leatherman 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 
OUR CHIPMUNKS 

The chipmunks in our front yard are fascinating 
creatures. With their dignified suits of cream and 
gold, their black stripes and thick furry tails, they 
are so cuddly-looking and cute you would never believe 
they are first cousins to those ugly barnyard rats. 

Their ways of playing are cute too, and their ways 
of doing business, except for those times when they 
just act too. much like . . .well, like rats; or, may- 
be we should say, like people. 

Our children pile kernels of corn close to a burrow. 
Before very long, the chipmunk is stuffing grains into 
his 'elastic cheeks until they bulge out far past his 
ears. He dives into his burrow to unload the harvest 
in his underground granary. 

Now, you might say that the chipmunk is a good ex- 
ample of 'diligence, and you are right. He works hard, 
even putting his life in danger, to fill his store- , 
house. But it seems to be the same with chipmunks as 
it is with men: sometimes what starts out looking 
like diligence ends up being greed . At times we see 
the wrong chipmunk sneak into the burrow to rob the 
storehouse. Usually he comes flying out of the hole 
backwards and is chased all around the yard by the 
angry owner. Like quarreling children, they go back 
and forth, around and around, wasting their time fuss- 
ing when they could both be busy gathering seeds. And 
viere are plenty of seeds for both of them, if they 
vould mind their own business. As people, we can do 
even better. We can work together and share the 
frSits of our labors. SKB 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2s 1 1 



SAFE WJTHIN THE VAIL 

"Land ahead I " Its fruits are waving 
O'er the hills of fadeless green; 

And the living waters laving 

Shores where heavenly forms are seen. 

Onward, bark! the cape I'm rounding; 

See, the blessed wave their hands, 
Hear the harps of God resounding 

From the bright immortal bands ., 

There , let go the anchor riding 
On this calm and silvery bay; 

Seaward fast the tide is gliding,* 
Shores in sunlight stretch away. 

Now we're safe from all temptation, 
All the storms of life are past; 

Praise the Rock of our Salvation, ; 
We are safe at home at last. 

Rocks and storms I'll fear no more, 

When on that eternal shore; 
Drop the anchor! furl the saill 

I am safe within the vaili 

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nGE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"I have written unto you, young men, because ye are 
strong 3 and the word of God abideth in you, and ye 
have overcome the wicked one," (I Joan 2:14) 

The Apostle John is speaking as an aged disciple 
of Christ. He is the one who had entered deeply into 
the love life of the Lord Jesus. He had "leaned on 
Jesus 1 bosom" (John 13=23), eagerly listening to each 
word as he must have sensed the heartbeats of the 
Master, Later, the Holy Spirit brought to mind Jesus 1 
last words to His Apostles before He suffered. They 
ever reveal the great eternal love of Jesus for His 
own. Believers in Him find themselves drawn back to 
them again and again, to drink once more from this 
pure stream of love life flowing from God through His 
Son to us. 

But John is also speaking here as an Apostle-elder 
of a long life of outstanding experience. He now was 
the only one left of the three fishermen chosen by 
Jesus to behold Him in His glory on the mount. The 
Apostle Paul was also gone, and quite likely all of 
tiie other Apostles were gone. 

John was following Jesus in His great love for His 
own. John 13:1 : ".' . . having loved his -own which 
were in the world., he loved them unto the end." Jesus 
had given John the charge of His own mother before He 
died. John had cared for her as if she were indeed 
his own mother. 

His writings .show a great concern for the individ- 
ual follower of Jesus. Individual liberty in Christ 
is ever tempered by individual responsibility to God 
in obeying the words of Jesus~, Christians in partak- 
ing of Christ's love life must love one another as 
Jesus also loved. His loving Apostle took this as 
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Human love of itself is often tragic and short-lived. 
But Christ love is ever centered on the Word of God. 

John claims no exclusive ness for his writings. He 
makes simple statements of truth. He explains his 
purpose in John 20:31: "But these are written, that 
ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
God; and that believing ye might have life through his 
name. " 

John in his old age knew well the inside story of 
the fierce persecutions of the Church, hany of his 
"little children" had faithfully endured and had given 
their hearts' blood as a testimony of their faith. 
Jewish persecution had given way to a still greater 
Roman persecution. Satan used all means to destroy 
this heart-transforming religion that ever rebuked the 
inward sin of unbelief j of lusts and the "pride of" 
life". Jesus 1 "own" had left all to follow Him. 

John's "young men" were meeting the enemy in many 
a confrontation with evil men and women. Evil but 
plausible doctrines of Satan were hurled at the young 
Christian; or else as suggestive doubts in cunning 
words, as "tares" to take root, if possible, in the 
mind, - causing doubt and uncertainty. "Christians to' ' 
the lions" was becoming a popular cry for yet another 
bloody spectacle in the arena. Fire, loathesome 
prisons and crosses, with many more satanic inventions 
of torture, were threateningly held before the 
Christian youth of that day. John's strong young men 
dared them all to believe and witness for Jesus. 

Weaklings there no doubt were, who basely denied 
the Lord in Whose Name they had been baptized. But 
many indeed chose the glory road and sealed their tes- 
timony with their life's blood. 

. We in a land of liberty and plenty really know very 
little of what John referred to when he said, "Because 
ye are strong." They knew a strength of overcoming 
the wicked one that rebukes the permissiveness, self- 
ishness and all-around worldliness that ever creeps 
into Christians living in the lap of luxury and ease. 
Coupled with other trials was often the "loss of all 
things" and a hatred of close friends and relatives 



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who would not believe in Jesus. The faith we prize so 
highly has come down to 'us over the centuries by many 
unnamed and forgotten strong young men and women in 
the faith of Jesus who experienced the trials so 
clearly foretold by Jesus Himself. 

"The word of God abide th in you." 

The Word of God was first creative and then redemp- 
tive through Christ. John T s strong young men had a 
heart love for Jesus and His words of Spirit and of 
life, Jesus' words were being fulfilled in them. 
John 1^:23, 24: ". • • If a man love me , he will keep 
my words: and my Father will love him, and we will 
come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that 
loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word 
which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent 
me." 

The Father 1 s words given by Jesus to His disciples 
were soon written to be read and memorized by the 
faithful, ho doubt also they were the primer for many 
a boy and^girl to learn to read and write. Wicked 
persecutors hated and often sought to destroy the 
written words of Jesus. Not ignorant of Satan's de- 
vices, the faithful gave much care to memorizing as 
much as possible in mind and heart. 

Today, as then, it takes a dedicated mind to mem- 
orize Scripture. The daily news and noisy hubbub of 
today are not conducive to spending much time. with 
the Words of Jesus. The heart and" mind must be loosed 
away from the world and worldly things and directed 
upwards in love to God in His glorious Son. John 15: 
7-10 is Jesus' promise to the memorizer of His Word, 
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye , 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much 
fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father 
hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in 
my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide 
in my love; even as I have kept my Father's command- 
ments, and abide in his love." 

John had heard the words of Jesus and had retained 
them in his heart over the long years. Not only had 



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he "heard" them but like the wise man (Matthew 7:24) 
had built his life's work on the Rock of Ages and had 
spent his best efforts in obeying the words of Jesus. 
His faith had daily overcome the wicked one. With 
great heart joy he saw faithful youth doing the same 
and taking over where he would cease in his ministries. 
He strikes a deep note of love and appreciation; 

"Ye have overcome the wicked one." 

This speaks of a daily overcoming. Blest with the 
Word and Holy Spirit , they knew a prayer and witness 
life that brought glory to God and a strong influence 
to others to come to Jesus. Their prayers for a daily 
deliverance from evil were answered in many a heart 
warming experience. They too could resist the devil 
with the Word of God and cause him to flee* 

John saw all this as the happy result of loving God 
the Father through His Son Jesus. In happy union with 
Him, Whom we cannot see, the living stream of Christ 
love reaches out to our brethren and sisters in the 
Lord whom we see and know. Nor does it stop here but 
reaches out to the lost souls of men and women, boys 
and girls everywhere, including our enemies. In this 
faith, hope and abiding love there can be daily vic- 
tories and daily overcomings. John's last writing for 
us seems largely directed to the overcomer. Note well 
the seven promises given in Revelation 2-3." 

In old age my mother's voice, clear and strong,, 
comes back in precious early childhood memory reading 
Revelation 21:7: "He that over come th shall inherit 
all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my 
son. " 

It is a happy thought that these strong young men 
and women were often giving out Christ's last invita- 
tion given in Revelation 22:17: 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let 
him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is a- 
thirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the 
water of lift' freely. " Your brother in Christ, 

James D. Cover 
Modesto, California 



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LIVE. OUR lOVfei FOR GOD 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 
with God, and the Word was God* . . All things were 
made by him; and without him was not any thing made 
that was made." (John 1 :1-3) "For by him were all 
things created, that are in heaven, and that are in 
earth, .■visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, 
or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all 
things- were created by him, and for him: And he is 
before all things, and by .him all things consist." 
(Colossians 1:16-17) "That ye might walk worthy of 
the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every 
good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God." 
(Colossians 1 ;10) 

Since all things were made by Him and for Him, 
that means us.. Do our lives show that we believe it? 
Thrones, principalities, powers, and dominions were 
made by Him and for Him. Do we complain about them, 
or do we pray for -them -trfaat 'they would fulfill the 
purpose for which they were created? To pray for 
them is in our place; to complain is not. 

Another way that our lives will show whether we 
believe we were created for Him is if we dwell in 
love. I John 4:1 6 tells us that "... God is love; 
and he that dwelleth in. love dwelleth in God, and God 
in him. " So it stands to reason that if we do not 
dwell in love, -we do not dwell in Him, or He in us. 
Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye -have love one to another." (John 
13:35) Are we His disciples? Do we love one another? 
I think I do but sometimes the evidence in my life 
would hardly prove it. "If a man say,. I love God, 
and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that. 
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he 
love God whom he hath not seen?" (I John 4:20) 

If our brother has something in. his life that needs 
improving, dp we tell him about it, or do we tell 
everyone . else that so and so just isn't doing like he 
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reputation, and this is not dwelling in love or loving 
our brother. I have been guilty of this at times, and 
it creates feelings that are not good. If we could 
always remember that to dwell in love is to dwell in 
God, our words and actions would probably be different 
many times. 

When I think how great God is and that He made us 
for Himself, I know that I have a responsibility to 
walk in Him and with my fellow man according to His 
Word and Will. 

--Timothy Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 



MEMORIES OF MjTHSR 

Probably for most people, the tenderest memories of 
childhood are of their mothers. The miracle of birth 
is beyond our full understanding, and that one who was 
the cradle of our earliest life and the loving care- 
taker from our first recollections remains special in 
our hearts. 

God has ordained that there be this special person 
for each child. The father's strength and leadership 
and sometimes stern discipline- are balanced and com- 
plemented by the tender love and comfort of' a Godly 
mother. 

In our school, as children, we were asked to write v 
a little essay on what our mothers did for us. I re- 
member writing something about hama's mending shirts 
and washing my clothes. But my older brother on a 
similar assignment some years before had concluded his 
essay: "Without her I would fare badly." And so it 
is. When mother is not what she should be or not in 
her place, the children fare badly indeed. I would 
say about my mother that, whatever weaknesses she may 
have had, she had love and care for her children, and 
in that duty she was neither lacking nor absent. She 
was always there with comfort and love, and We did not 
"fare badly". 

Today so many mothers are missing from the homes, 



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leading marches and campaigns, assuming leadership 
roles that do not belong to them, and in general dis- 
daining the so-called unimportant and demeaning duties 
of the household. These very duties of the home that 
are despised by many are probably the most important 
and wielding the most influence of any a woman could 
be called to perform. For this is what God has or- 
dained. Paul wrote, "I will therefore that the young- 
er women marry, bear children, guide the house, give 
none occasion to the adversary to speak reproach- 
fully." (I Timothy 5:1 U) This is not a small task or 
an unimportant one. Properly performed, it calls for 
all the skill and resources and abilities a mother has. 
It is as great a challenge as any offered in the po- 
litical or business world today. 

Praise God for the love of our good mothers! Some- 
one wrote of the mother love of the .animal world: "A 
farmer once noticed a commotion at the barnyard and 
found a mother hen being savagely attacked by a hawk. 
He couldn^t understand why she had not fled to the 
barn for cover like the rest until he drove off the 
hawk and found that the hen was covering her brood of 
chicks. She had lost her life, but the chicks were 
saved, and each had the mother 1 s blood on it." This 
is an example of the instinctive love God has given 
to mothers. It sacrifices self for the good of the 
offspring. It is a copy of that divine love that 
Jesus demonstrated at Calvary when He gave His life 
to bring many sons to glory — washed in His blood. 

Our mother was not a "good" singer, and yet her 
songs comforted and lulled her children to sleep many 
countless times. She was somewhat worrisome, and yet 
this very concern made an atmosphere of security for 
her family because we knew she cared. She no doubt 
had other weaknesses, and yet her love was not weak. 
She, like other Godly mothers, filled her place in the 
home and labored hard, saved and "made do", and spent 
sleepless hours at night— all for us, her children. 
She is now gone to her reward. May "her children a- 
rise up, and call her blessed. . . and let her own 



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works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31: 8,31 ) 
Praise God for our good wives and mothers! — L.C. 

WHAT THEN? 

When the great plants of our cities 

Have turned out their last finished work; 

When our merchants have sold out their last yard of silk 

And dismissed the tired clerk, • 

When our banks have raked in their last dollar 

And paid their last dividend, 

When the Judge of the world says, H Close for the night, n 

And asks -for a balance — WHAT THEN? 

When the choirs have sung their last anthem 
And the preacher has made his last prayer, 
When the people have heard their last sermon 
And the song has died on the air; 
When the Bible lies closed on the altar 
And the pews are all empty of men, 
And each one stands facing his record, 
And the Great Book is open— WHAT THEN? 

When the actors have played their last drama 
And the mimic has made his last fun; 
When the film has flashed its last picture 
And the billboard has displayed its last run; : - 
When the crowds seeking pleasure have vanished 
And gone out into darkness again; 
When the trumpet ■ of, ages is sounded 
And we stand up before Him— WHAT THEN? 

When the bugles 1 last call sinks into silence 
And the long marching columns stand still, 
When the captain has >given his last orders, 
And they have captured the last fort and hill; 
When the flag has been furled from the mast-head 
And the wounded afield have checked in, 
And the world t^at rejected its Saviour 
Is asked' for a reason— WHAT THEN? 

Author unknown 
Selected by Leona Miller 



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COMMUNION MEETING NOTICES 

The* Eastern District of the Old Brethren have agreed, 
the Lord willing, to hold our Fall Lovefeast and Com- 
munion on October 11 and 12 at the Bradford, Ohio, meet- 
ing house* A hearty invitation is extended to all of 
our members and friends to be with us. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on November 1 and 2. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



BAPTISMS 

Once again our hearts were made to rejoice when two. 
ycung souls saw their need of a Saviour and requested 
Christian baptism — Naomi Ernst, the eve of August 27 
and Joanna Coning, September ?• May God bless their 
walk with 'Him and keep them faithful throughout their 

lives * —Melvin Coning 



MARRIAGES 

SEYMOUR - Mark Seymour and Deborah Hall were married 
August 23 at Greenville, Ohio. 

'V 

BOWSER - -Allan Bowser and Rhoda Royer were married 
August 23 at Wakarusa , Indiana. 

New Address: Allan Bowser 28772 C.R. 44 

Nappanee, Ind. 46550 

Old Brethren Christian School, Nappanee, Indiana 
Phone: (219) 831-4092 



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CONDESCENSION AND ASCENSION 

Down from the glories of Heavenly light, 
Into the darkness of sin 1 s awful night, 

Came the Beloved of the Infinite One — 
Born of a virgin, yet God ! s holy Son. 

Down from effulgence, all glittering, fair, 
Not to a palace — no room for Him there; 

Yet no returning till sin's debt is paid; 
So in a stable is Majesty laid. 

Down from all purity, love and esteem, 
Into men's hatred and envy supreme; 

Poor as the poorest, though Owner of all, 
Humbled so sinners upon Him might call. 

Down from the worship of angelic hosts, 

Into the judgment of self-righteous boasts; ' 

Bearing the torture of lash and of nail, 

Beaten as wheat 'neath the swing of the flail. 

Down from a fellowship sweet and Divine, 
Into men's sneers and the devil's design; 

Broken and bleeding to Calvary goes, 
Followed by jeering and envious foes. 

Down with a love to display to our view, 

In dark Gethsemane — Calvary, too; 
Darkness was merciful in the noon sun, 

When over Satan He victory won. -■ 

Down with a life He determined to give, 
That dying sinners might evermore live; 

Up into Glory redemption He bears 

Unto His Father, He wrought for His heirs. 

Down again Jesus will come from on high, 
Not for lost sinners to suffer and die; 

But to His purchased ones rapture away 
Into His presence forever to stay. 

~M. G. Haldeman 
Selected by a dear reader 



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OBITUARY 

WELTHA MARION (UPTON) COVER was born on November 
29, 1893, in a lovely home near Amherst, New 
Hampshire. She was the daughter of- Jeremiah Edward 
and Etta Louise Upton. When she was nine, the Upton 
family moved to Southern California. In "1907 they 
moved to Modesto where she met Joseph I. Cover who 
lived nearby. They were married February 28, 1914, 
and enjoyed nearly 62 years together. They made 
their home successively in Arizona, Ripon, Long Beach, 
and Modesto where they raised their family of four 
boys and two girls. In 1947 they moved once again to 
Mi Wuk Village in Tuolumne County where they spent 
their last days together. 

Early in her life she made her decision to serve 
the Lord. Later she was baptized and became a member 
of the Old Brethren Church where she supported her 
husband in the ministry as long as she was able. 

Mama was truly a good wife and mother. Her con- 
cern for her children was evident, and she set a good 
example of what she expected them to do. She loved 
her family dearly and devoted her life to their hap- 
piness and well being. 

After a lengthy illnejss, Mama passed away peace- 
fully September 10, 1980, in the home of her youngest 
son, who, witli his wife, cared for her for over two 
years. She was nearly 87. Outstanding was her pa- 
tience in suffering,, and she will be greatly missed. 

Mama leaves her children; Rudolph, Chester, Lois 
Shirk, Anna Bither, Joseph L. , and Leslie. She is 
also survived by a brother, Dr. George R. Upton of 
Piqua, Ohio, and two sisters; Helen Rydelius of 
Vista, California, arid Lillian He rnd on of Modesto. 
She also leaves 28 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchil- 
dren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her 
in death was her husband, Joseph; a brother, Chester 
Upton; a sister, Linda Ewing; and one great-grand- 
child. 

Funeral services were held in the' Modesto German 
Baptist Church on September 13, 1980 by Elder Daniel 



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F. Wolf and Elder Aaron Miller. Burial was in Wood-- 
Colony Cemetery. 

— The Family 

GONE TO REST 

Swiftly bourne on death 1 s dark stream, 
Glides the soul from time away, 

Seeing now a brighter gleam. 
Of Eternity ! s fair day. 

All earth 1 s shadows left behind; ■ 
Pain and sorrow no more knows, 

Peace and comfort now' to find 
In the land of sweet repose. 

Peaceful sleep in Paradise, 

Blissful state none can molest. 

■Til thy Saviour bids thee rise, 
Weary soul find rest, sweet rest. 

Saviour, when my work is done; 

When in death I close my eyes, 
When my race on earth is run, 

hay I rest in Paradise. 

— Joseph I. Cover 



There is a call fcr all of us; 

We know not when it comes . 
Or why life lingers on 

When we r re no longer young. 

For some say life is best 
When we are in our prime, 

But when you walk with Jesus 
It gets better all the time. 

— Carl L. Hampton 
Twain Harte, California 



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HISTORICAL • 

With our next issue we hope, Lord willing, to be- 
gin a new historical series on the Brethren Church. 
We have had good studies in Brethren history before, 
but we believe it is always interesting and profit- 
able to review our past. 

The Brethren Church is now 272 years old figuring 
from 1708. But to know the history since 1708 cer- 
tainly does not tell the whole story. We know that 
to properly recount our history, the account should 
begin with Jesus on earth or even with creation. The 
story of God's people is the story of our world. God 
created the earth as a place for His people. 

We like to think of the Brethren Church as having 
descended from the early Apostolic Church that Jesus 
established. He said, "Upon this rock I will build 
my church} and the gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it. n Some try to trace physically the con- 
nection of their particular groups to this Apostolic 
Church. We believe that it is more important to have 
the Holy Spirit connection. In Jesus 1 time on earth, 
the Pharisees had the physical connection to Abraham 
figured out in careful detail. They were sure that 
^hey were Abraham's children. But Jesus said they 
were not because they didn't do like Abraham did* 

And so we believe the important part of having the 
heritage of the Christian faith is to be yielded to 
the Holy Spirit in such a way that it is obvious that 
we are God's children through Jesus Christ whether or 
not we can trace a physical church ''genealogy". 

One of the benefits of this study of "our" history 
can be the appreciation of what our spiritual fore- 
fathers stood for. We do not intend to point to 1708 
as the time of standard and example to follow. We 
have the standard and the perfect example in God's 
Word. Where they may have failed to understand per- 
fectly God's Word, let us not follow into the same 
errors. But where they were obedient and stood 
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Perhaps one thing to keep in mind in a study such 
as this is that situations change-. This is not to say 
that truth changes. It does not. We care not for the 
modern error called "situational ethics". But we do 
know that over the years, the adversary has used var- 
ious evil tactics against God's people , and these have 
been and must be met in the ways God directs. Their 
battle fronts may not have been the same as the ones 
we face today. Let us not judge our forefathers by 
our own experiences and conclude that they did not see 
their issues clearly. Neither let us blindly believe 
that if we do exactly as they did we will be success- 
ful in today T s battles. 

We would like * first to study the Pietists of 
Europe, as the Brethren were Pietists before they- or- 
ganized. We believe the experiences and values of 
this group are helpful and even vital to the under- 
standing of our history, as they contributed so much 
to their generation and those that followed. s — L.C. 



THINK,.. Of stepping on shore and 

finding it Heavenl •/* 
Of taking, hold of a. hand 

and finding it God's handl 
Of breathing a new air 

and finding it celestial airl ; 
Of feeling invigorated '■" 

and finding it immortality I ' : 
Of passing from storm and tempest, 

to -an unbroken calm: \ : \ '."'* " 
Of waking up and finding yourself 

HOME! HALLELUJAH! 

Selected by June Fountain ' 

BIRTHS 
FLORA. - A daughter, Cristal Ann, born August 7 and 
arrived August' 9 in the home of Wade and Violet. Flora 
of Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil. 

MAISGHJM - A son, Stephen Hoyt, born August 27 to Richard 
and Carol (Pokey) Mangrum of Stockton, California. 



'ILBSSQK&. FHQM NATURE" SERIES 

THE DOVE NEST 

We saw her working day by day; 
She flew with little twigs away 

To build her- nest. 
She pulled and pushed them with her bill, 
She turned and twisted them until 
She had a home that showed her skill, 

A place to rest. 

Two eggs were laid there, =creamy white, 
Jfere incubated day and night, 

And watched with care. 
A fortnight came and passed away, 
And then, on. one exciting day, 
They hatched! Two. dovelings pink and gray 
Lay weak and bare. 

The parents of the little brood 
Were soon kept busy bringing food, 

And how they grew! 
It wasn't very long at all 
Until those doves,, once weak and small, 
Outgrew the nest. Nov large and tall, 

Away they .flew! 

Time also flies for you, dear youth; 
Though yoiing in years, grow wise in Truth, 

For years roll on. 
Your girlhood days are but a span, 
Young bc?y, you'^ll soon become a man; 
With God, make childhood all you can — 

f Twill soon be gone. — 3KB 



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VOL, 27 OCTOBER, 1980 NO, 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



I WILL NOT FORGET THEE ■ 

Sweet is the promise 3 "I will not forget thee.," 
Nothing can molest or turn my soul away; "' i • .* 
E'en though the night be dark within the valley, 
*ust beyong is shining one eternal day* - . 

Trusting the promise, "I will not forget thee," 
Onward will I go with songs of joy and love; 
Though earth despise me, though my friends- forsake me, 
I shall be remembered in my home above, - 

When at the golden portals I am standing, 
All my tribulations, all my sorrows past, 
How sweet to hear the blessed proclamation, 
"Enter, faithful servant, welcome home at -last i"- 

I'wiirnot forget thee or leave thee; 
In My hands 1*11 hold thee, 

in My arms I ! ll fold thee; 
I will not forget thee or leave thee: 
I am thy Redeemer, I will care for thee, 

— Charles H". 'Gabriel 



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HE IS ALTOGETHER LOVELY 

Close your eyes and picture in your mind the most 
beautiful or most impressive sight you have ever seen. 
Was it the Grand Canyon? or Niagara Falls? or 
Yosemite Valley? Or was it a newborn baby or a loved 
one returning from a far place? Was it your own 
field or crop in its prime and beauty? We have many 
beautiful sights and pleasant memories of happy oc- 
casions, but the beauties of our Saviour exceed all 
earthly scenes or forms, Solomon in his "Song" uses 
all manner of earthly comparisons and sums it up 
with: n He is altogether lovely. 11 

iXiuch of our appreciation of beauty has to do with 
our inner feelings. If we were ■ particularly happy - 
and enjoying the company of dear ones on a trip to a 
beautiful spot, this would remain in our thoughts as 
one of the most beautiful places to us. On the other 
hand, if we were to visit a place of beauty and at 
the same time be burdened with feelings of strife or 
loneliness, -this plac£ would probably be remembered 
as something less than beautiful. 

So, it is with our spiritual life. If we come to 
Jesus and make the surrender He asks of us and find 
forgiveness and;pea<5e, we will find Him most precious. 
Peter writes, "Unto 'you therefore which believe he is 
precious. . ." (I Peter 2:7) But if we fail to make 
the full commitment to Him, if we would perhaps like 
to hold on to our "self » a little longer, then we 
will find our service to God burdensome and unpleas- 
ant — and incomplete. Jesus makes it plain in Scrip- 
tures like hatthew 7:21, 16; 25, and Luke 14:26-33 
J .hat fie will have nothing less than our full surren- 
der and devotion to Him. We may be weak, but we must 
relieve Him and commit our lives to Him. 

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worship. We think of our meetings as times of fellow- 
ship, instruction, encouragement, and sharing. But 
foremost must be our worship and adoration of our 
Creator and Redeemer. 

It is common for children to brag about their fa- 
thers and believe that they can do anything and know 
all there is to know. How much more can we, God ! s 
children, praise Him, trust Him, and believe in Him, 
for He really can do anything and really does know 
all. 

As a simple example of God's ability to do wonders, 
hold up your hand and watch it as you move your fin- 
gers. It is a masterpiece of engineering. No ma- 
chine can take its place. Any mechanical hand would 
be more limited in movement, would need constant lu- 
brication and repair, would wear out the padding or 
would damage delicate items. But our hand can feel 
and handle and pick up small or fragile things, or it 
can work all day pulling and lifting or using any of 
thousands of tools and devices from a needle or a 
typewriter to a chain saw without wearing out and 
without destroying the thing it handles. And God 
made it and gave us two of them! 

Still this is in the physical realm and does not 
begin to describe His abilities in the area of life 
and salvation where His skill, love, power, and grace 
found a way to overcome the enemy of our souls and re- 
deem us in spite of our lost condition. 

When we see this, we will praise him as Moses did 
when God delivered Israel from the Egyptians. "The 
Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my sal- 
vation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habi- 
tation; my father 1 s God, and 1 will exalt him." 
(Exodus 15:2) We will sing with David of victory over 
our enemies: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; 
whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my 
life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1 ) We 
will "praise him for his mighty acts: praise him ac- 
cording to his excellent greatness." (Psalm 150:2) He 
will truly be to us "altogether lovely". God is love 
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tells us that there is no greater love than that a 
man would lay down his life for his friends. And He 
says that we are His friends and that He laid down 
His life for us. He wants us to have this love too 
and to reflect His loveliness to our fellowmen. — L.C. 

Samuel Stennett (1727-1795) wrote these lines: 

Majestic sweetness sits enthroned 

Upon the Saviour's brow; 
His head with, radiant glories crowned, 

His lips with grace o T erflow. 

No mortal can with Him compare, 

Among the sons of men; 
Fairer is He than all the fair 

That fill the heavenly train. 

He saw me plunged in deep distress; 
-. He flew to my relief; 
For me He bore the shameful cross 
And carried all my grief. 

To Him I owe my life and breath 

And all the joys I have; 
He makes me triumph over death; 

He saves me from the grave. 

To heaven, the place of His abode, 

He brings my weary feet; 
Shows me the glories of my God, 

And makes my joys complete. 

Since from His bounty 1 receive 

Such proofs, of love divine, 
Had I a thousand hearts to give, 

Lord, they should all be Thine. 



Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ex- 
ample of the believers, in word, in conversation, in 
charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

— I Timothy 4:12 



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THE CHURCH 

The dearest of all relationships is that -which ex- 
ists between Christ and His church. The church is as 
related to Christ as Eve was to Adam: ,! For we are 
members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, 
and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall 
be one flesh... This is a great mystery: but I speak 
concerning Christ and the church." (Ephesians 5:30, 
31,32) 

The church is the supreme expression of the love of 
God to fallen humanity. It is the "redemption of the 
purchased possession" of Jesus Christ "unto the praise 
of his glory." The human race under Adam was con- 
demned to death because of sin. God was not obligated 
to redeem them. Only through love was He constrained 
to do so. It was by holy agreement in the Godhead 
that Jesus Christ should be the Redeemer; therefore, 
every child of God is a "redeemed" child through faith 
and union with Christ, and all the redeemed children 
of God are the .church of God through Jesus Ghrist: 
"According to the eternal purpose which He purposed' ' 
in Ghrist Jesus our Lord ... of whom the whole fam- 
ily in heaven' and earth is named." Thus It was the ' 
eternal purpose of God to have a "people" (children 
or family) of His own and for Himself, and this eter- 
nal purpose was to be accomplished in' Christ. There- 
fore, it could not , be come a reality until Ghrist 
should come and take away sin. There could be no re- 
demption until sin was removed (forgiven); and the 
Holy Spirit or love of God, which was lost in the 
fall, could not be restored until sin was forgiven, 
and sin could not be forgiven until Christ should come 
and make an atonement (render satisfaction) for sin. 
"But this he spake of the Spirit, which they that be- 
lieve on him should receive: For the Holy Ghost was 
not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glori- 
fied." 

Thus the church of Jesus Christ was purposed of God 



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eternally and determined from the foundation of the 
world. Its membership includes all the redeemed chil- 
dren of God of air ages, and its organization may be 
said to have begun when Jesus chose the twelve and 
gave them the office of apostles. Yet it could not 
come into actual being until the atonement- was* made by 
Christ on the cross, and the resurrection was accom- 
plished and 'the baptism of the Holy Spirit was come on 
the day of Pentecost. Kvery true member of the church 
of Christ is born "of the Spirit", and that could not 
be a reality until the Holy Spirit was given. Jesus 
said, !, It is expedient for you that I go away, for if 
I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; 
but if I depart, I will send him unto you. " 

Thus we may see, at least in part, why it was said 
of all those holy characters enumerated in the elev- 
enth chapter of Hebrews: "These all died in faith, 
not having received the promises, but having seen them 
afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced 
them, and confessed that they were strangers and pil- 
grims on the earth. 11 md. again, ,!, iuid these all, hav- 
ing obtained a good report through faith, received not 
the promise; God having provided some better thing for 
us, that they without us should not be made perfect 
(complete) . " 

Thus we' understand that they had an interest in the 
atoning work of Christ the same as we. They looked 
forward by faith to the time when Christ would take 
away their sin incurred through Adam and the great day 
of' the outpouring of the Spirit upon all flesh. They 
had the assurance that their sins would be removed and 
they would be included in the great family (church) of 
God -through Christ. They "obtained a good report" 
(were certified) through faith to become members of 
the body of Christ as soon as it should become a fact. 
Jesus says "I will build my church," indicating some 
predetermined purpose or plan. He does not say A 
CHURCH, but MY CHURCH. Also when He ways "I WILL 
BUILD" He indicates something that was then future. 
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will not be complete until He comes and "gathers to- 
gether in one the children of God that were scattered 
abroad, n The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 2:20-21: 
"And are built upon the foundation of the apostles 
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief 
corner stone j In whom all the building fitly framed 
together GROWETH unto an holy temple in the Lord." 

The Apostle Paul was specially and miraculously 
chosen by Christ to be one of the "builders' 1 of this 
great "temple in the Lord". Wherein he said that he 
"labored more than they all" when he saw this great 
building in progress, his spirit by the "knowledge in 
the mystery of Christ" could soar beyond his own time 
and earthly bounds, "To the intent that now unto the 
principalities and powers in heavenly places might be 
known BY THE CHURGH tue manifold wisdom of God." Thus 
we understand the apostle to say that the CHURGH would 
be God's proof and demonstration to the heavenly pow- 
ers and beings of His manifold wisdom (and love). 

No doubt this great redemption, and the manner by 
which it would be accomplished, were some of the 
"things which the angels desired to look into." There 
are many in our time who have accepted a school of in- 
terpretation that supposes that the prophets did not 
see this great "CHURCH aGE", but we humbly submit here 
to our readers that it is the thing which they DID see. 
»0f which salvation the prophets have enquired and 
searched diligently, who PROPHESIED OF THE GRACE THAT 
SHOULD COhE UNTO YOU: Searching what or what manner 
of time the Spirit 'of Christ which was in them did 
signify, WHEN IT TESTIFIED BiiFOR^HAND OF THE SUFFER- 
INGS OF CHRIST, MD THE GLORY THAT SHOULD FOLLOW. 
Unto whom it was revealed that not unto themselves BUT 
UNTO US THEY DID kINIoTER THE THINGS WhICH AR* NOW RE- 
PORTED UNTO YOU BY THEH THAT HAVE PREACHED THE GOSPEL 
WITH THE HOLY GnCST SENT DOWN FROh hEAVEN; which 
things the angels desired to look into." 
• When our first parents were deceived in Eden and"' 
disobeyed .God, no doubt the angels looked on with 
great concern and amazement and wondered what would be 
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(children to be His own and love Him) be defeated and 
all now be lost? But soon came the announcement: 
"The seed of the woman would bruise the serpent's 
head." This meant salvation by redemption, but HOW 
would it be done? In like manner it was revealed to 
the holy prophets that redemption and salvation was 
assured; they prophesied of the "sufferings of Christ 
and the glory that should follow" which was the great 
Spirit age, when the Spirit of God would be poured 
out on all flesh. "Until the Spirit be poured upon 
us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful 
field and the fruitful field be counted for a forest." 
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour 
out my Spirit upon all flesh. . . And also upon the 
servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I 
pour out my Spirit." And when this great baptism of 
the Holy Spirit took place on the day of Pentecost, 
Peter being full of the Holy Ghost said, "This is 
that which was spoken by the prophet Joel." 

There are two states or conditions in which the 
church exists: The one we call the church militant 
and the other the church triumphant. The first is a 
passing state, and the latter is the final or perfect 
state. The churcft "militant" is the state and con- 
dition in which the church is in the world and in con- 
flict with her foes, while waiting for the return of 
her Lord Jesus Christ. This is the tribulation period 
of the church. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall 
have tribulation, but in me ye shall have peace." 
How bitter the conflict and how great the peace of 
the children of God .in Christ 1 s redeeming love are 
abundantly told in the history of the nearly two thou- 
sand years of the sojourn of the church of Christ in 
the world. It is with the church as it was with 
Christ her Lord, "Who in the days of his suffering 
. . . offered up prayers with strong crying and tears" 
and "became obedient unto death, even the death of 
the cross, wherefore God hath highly exalted him and 
given him a name which is above every name." As the 
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"far above the heavens" so the tribulation of the 
church will end, and then she will become the church 
"triumphant". Jesus said, "If they have hated me they 
will hate you." "Ye are not of the world because I am 
not of the world, therefore the world hateth you." 
"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to 
make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the 
commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus 
Christ." 

In the church "militant", there are foes within as 
well as without. "For there are certain men crept in 
unawares, who were before of old ordained to this con- 
demnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God 
into lasciviousne'ss, and denying the only Lord God, 
and our Lord Jesus Christ. . . These are spots in your 
feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding 
themselves without fear," etc. (Jude 4,12) "For many 
walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you 
even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross 
of Christ." (Philippians 3:18) 

Such conditions and characters can be in the church 
of Christ while in her earthly pilgrimage and "mili- 
tant" state, and it can not always be known who are 
the true children and who are these wicked ones. This 
has caused many in the past and also in the present 
time to suppose that the church of Christ Is wholly 
invisible, not knowing how otherwise to account for 
these evil characters in the church or to reconcile 
this condition witlj the error ch that "is without spot 
or wrinkle or any such thing." We say that the rela- 
tionship between Christ and nis church is a "mystical" 
union; yet in so real a manner that the members are 
known to one another and have the closest relation and 
fellowship together. The apostles were fully aware of 
the location of the churches in their time and who the 
members were. We believe that there is nothing in the 
world any more real and visible than the church of 
Jesus Christ. It is so real that it has been bitterly 
persecuted from the first ages of Its existence unto 
the present time and undoubtedly will be until the 
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JO 

of the church during the "dark ages" numbered fifty 
million. 

We therefore share the view of the church historian 
who said , "The future must reveal whether Christianity 
can be upheld without the Divine Institution of the 
church, vis: whether the soul can live without the 
body, whether it will not at last resolve itself into 
a ghost or gnostic phantom, as certainly as the body 
without the soul sinks into a corpse. Meanwhile we 
hold to the maxim: Where Christ is, there is the 
church, His body; and where the church is, there also 
is Christ her Head, and all grace; and what God hath 
joined together let not man put asunder." Space does 
not permit us to tell of the church "triumphant, but 
we refer the reader to Hebrews 12:22-24 and Revelation 
5:9-14 and chapter 7. — D.F.W. 



OBITUARY 

VIOLA HAZEL MOSS, 88, cf 2800 Ritenour Road, died 
on September 24, 1980, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home, 
Greenville, Ohio, where she had been a patient since 
August 30. She had been in failing health for the 
past year. 

A native of Kansas, she was the daughter cf James 
and Nora (Baker) Miller. She was preceded in death by 
her first husband Henry Weaver in 1933 and her late 
husband Loring Moss in 1963 whom she married in 1945. 
Prior to moving to Darke County, she had lived in 
Missouri and Colorado. She was a member of the 
Conservative German Baptist Brethren Church, New 
Madison . 

Survivors include twin sons, Delbert Weaver, New 
Madison, and Albert Weaver, Bernville, Pa.; four 
daughters: Hazel Weaver, Greenville, Mrs. George 
(Charlotte) Frick, New Madison, Mrs. Lloyd (Ida) 
Keeny, and Mrs. Ray (Arvilla) Keeny, New Freedom, Pa.; 
two step sons: Aaron Moss, Springfield, Mo., and 
David Moss, West Covina, Calif,: three step daughters: 
Mrs. Rueben (Mable) Rupp, Bryan, Mrs. Charlie (Mary) 
Jamison, Arcanum, and Miss Elma Mess, Greenville; 



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25 grandchildren; 28 step-grandchildren; 16 great-grand- 
children; $8 step-great-grandchildren; and one brother , 
Guy Miller, Fort Lyons , Colorado, 

Services were held September 27, 1980, at the Storch- 
Braund Funeral Home at New Madison with Brethren Dale 
Keeny,. Owen Stout, and , Kenneth Martin officiating. 
Burial was in Wares Chapel Cemetery at West Manchester. 
Texts used were Psalm 116, II Corinthians 5, and II Tim- 
othy 4:6-8. Hymns' were "Walking With Jesus," "Me'et Me 
in Heaven," "There Is a Rest for the Faithful' and Pure," 
and at the grave, "It is Not Death -to Die. 1 ! 

—The Family 

Our dear Sister Vicla Moss 

Lives no longer on earth with us;' 

She has left for the other shore, '. ■ 

Where there is rest forevermore. 

Our dear Sister Viola Moss 
On beds of pain no more will toss; 
Sad Sorrow 1 s tears no more she'll cry, 
For God will wipe them from her eye. 

Our dear Sister Viola Moss— 
Her death is gain; it is not loss; 
In Jesus Christ is all her trust, 
Sin's sacrifice, holy and just. 

Our dear Sister Viola Moss 

Has -now laid clown, her Christian cross; 

She awaits that day of renown 

When God shall give a glorious crown. 

Our dear Sister Viola Moss 

Has fled from earth's frail dust and dross; 

May she then rise te meet her Lord 

Tc receive eternal reward. 

Our dear Sister Viola Moss 

Through death's cold stream has gone across; 

We all shall seen follow her there, 

So for that time let us prepare I 

Written September 25; 1980, one day after 
Sister Viola's passing — Hollis Edward Flora 



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HISTORICAL * 
THE PIETISTS CF EUROPE 

"The pietistic movement can best be defined as a 
continuation of the sixteenth-century reformation of 
doctrine through a reformation of life. The Pietist - 
was a person who studied God's Word and ordered his 
life by it." (Donald Durnbaugh In European Origins of 
the Brethren ) 

These Pietists (named in derision) were people who 
had become dissatisfied with the formalism and cold- 
ness of the state churches and reacted to It, They 
formed a distinct movement in the Lutheran and 
Reformed churches of the seventeenth and early eight- 
eenth centuries in Europe. It was a movement that 
cut across these denominational lines but did not 
form a separate church except as they Influenced such 
groups as the Brethren and the Moravians. 

In those times three churches, Lutheran, Reformed,- 
and Gatholic, were allowed and all dissenters were 
persecuted. Many Pietists remained loyal members pro- 
moting reform from within. Others rebelled more open- 
ly and suffered for it. However, their claims were . 
so well founded they could hardly be denied, and many 
of the clergy became persuaded. 

Conditions In Europe, both political and religious, 
were ripe for such a movement. The clergy as well as 
the rulers were generally selfish, despotic and petty 
in their administration of the affairs of church. and .,.-.; 
state. The clergy believed that their office and 
authority were not dependent on their conduct or their 
ability to teach. and shepherd a flock in holiness. 
Much of their teaching was formal and lacked convic- 
tion of the heart. The common* people were oppressed 
and impoverished by wars and by the lavish and waste- 
ful lives of their rulers. 

The early leader of the movement was Philipp Jakob 
Spener (1635-1705). He was devoutly reared both at 
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Scriptures. Spener became convinced of the need of . 
Christians to return to personal devotion and obedi- 
ence to God ! s Word. His writing, teaching, and hold- 
ing of private meetings in his home resulted in the 
beginning of this movement within the Lutheran Church 
of Germany. His six points of reform seem mild and 
reasonable to us but were actually considered radical 
by many of his time. He called for: (1 ) the earnest 
and thorough study of the Bible in private meetings; 
(2) the Christian priesthood being universal, the 
laity should share in- the spiritual government of the 
church;- (3) a knowledge of Christianity must be at- 
tended by .the practice of it, as its indispensable^ 
sign and supplement; (A) instead of merely instructive, 
and often bitter attacks on the unorthodox and unbe- 
lievers, a sympathetic and kindly treatment of them; 
(5) a reorganization of the theological training of 
the universities, giving more prominence to the devo- 
tional life; and (6) a different style of preaching, 
namely, in the place of pleasing rhetoric, the im- 
planting of Christianity in the inner, or new man, the 
soul of which is faith, and its effects the fruits of 
life . 

One of Spener 1 s most able followers was August 
Herman Franke, who founded a famous orphanage at 
Halle, Germany. When Spener died in 1705, Franke 
continued his teaching through the university con- 
nected with the orphanage, and the movement spread 
through middle and north Germany. 

Another noted Pietist was a pupil at Spener's or- 
phanage ,. Count von Zinzendorf, just four years old 
when Spener died. Zinzendorf was the founder of the 
Moravian Church in 1727. 

The Pietists are Credited with awakening the 
Protestant movement to its duty in spreading the Word 
of God. They contributed much to the development of 
the hymns of the church. While they did not recognize 
the importance of the visible church (In fact, they 
rejected the outward forms), they did emphasize a re- 
turn to personal experience and devotion to Christ. 
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Christian profession. 

Alexander Mack and his associates who began the 
Brethren movement especially respected the Pietist 
Ernst Ghristoph Hockman. In a future issue we hope 
to present some details of his teachings and his re- 
lationship to the Brethren. — L.G. 

ELECTION 

The following official work was done at a special 
council meeting at Wakarusa, Indiana, on October 15, 
1980: Brother Daniel Wagner was chosen to the office 
of deacon and installed with his wife Thelma, May 
the Lord bless them in their new labors and make them 
fruitful in the furthering of the Kingdom of God* 

— Melvin Coning 



BAPTISMS 

Once again cur hearts were made to rejoice when 
two precious souls, Stephen and Neva' Boone, saw their 
need of a Saviour and accepted Christian Baptism on 
October 19 after services near Bradford, Ohio* May 
they ever follow in the footsteps of Jesus, reflecting 
the light of His glorious salvation. 

— Melvin Coning 

We cf the Salida' Congregation rejoiced greatly 

when two precious souls, John and Sarah Schcnwald, 

were received into our fellowship October 25 by a 

public confession of faith in Jesus Christ and Holy 

Baptism. May they be faithful and helpful in the 

Kingdom of Gcd. T , _ n 

° — Joseph L. Cover 



Habit is like a cable. We weave a thread of It 
each day, and at last it becomes so strong we cannot 

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THE WILD WHITE ROSE 

It was peeping through the brambles, that little, wild 

white rose, 
Where the hawthorn hedge was planted, my garden to 

enclose; 
And all beyond was fern and heather on the breezy, 

open moor; 
All within was sun and shelter, and the wealth of 

beauty's shore. 
But I did not heed the fragrance of floweret or of tree, 
For my .eyes were on that rosebud, and it grew too high 

for me. 

In vain I strove to reach it through the tangled mass 

of green; 
It only smiled and nodded behind its thorny screen. 
Yet through that summer morning I lingered near the spot; 
Oh, why. do things seem sweeter if we possess them hot? 
My garden -buds were blooming, but all that I could see 
Was that little mocking rose hanging just too high 

for me.: 

So in life's wider garden there are buds of promise, too, 
Beyond our reach to gather, but not beyond our view; 
And like the little charmer that tempted me astray, 
They steal out half the brightness of many a summer's " 

da 7* 
Oh, hearts that fail for longing for some forbidden tree, 
Look up and learn a lesson from my white rose and me, 

T Tis wiser far to number the blessings at my feet <".-;' '• 
Than ever to be sighing for just one bud more sweet, T 
My sunbeams and my shadows fall from a pierced hand;- 
I can surely trust His wisdom since His heart I under- 
stand; 
And maybe in the morning, when His blessed face I see, 
He will tell me why my white rose grew just too high 
for me. 

—Ellen H. Willis 
Selected by Loraine Bayer 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 

BIRD MIGRATION 

Look! A flock of geesel Eyes strain upward, and 
fingers point excitedly. The majestic birds are 
moving swiftly, a shifting "V" in the cool morning 
sky. The musical song of their honking floats down, 
down to the watchers below. It is migration time — 
time to fly to warmer lands in the south before the 
northern lakes become locked in ice and snow. 

But how do the geese know where they are going? : 
They have no map, no compass, no road signs or markers 
to guide them. Scientists do not understand how birds 
can find their trail through unmarked skies. " Some 
birds can tell which direction to fly by the position 
of the stars; others follow mountain ranges. 'But 
sometimes the stars are hidden behind clouds. And 

'how can birds search their way over Open sea when no 
land is visible in any direction? 

Many birds migrate, but not all in the same - 
manner. Some travel in huge flocks, others alone. 
some fly in darkness, some during the day. Some, ■ 
like the geese, fly as fast as sixty miles per hour, 

'while others fly. slower, resting here and there. The 
bobolink may fly' ten thousand miles a year. Robins, 
barn swallows, blackbirds, and killdeer also migrate. 

Only God has all the answers to the mysteries of 
migration. And let ! s remember that He has answers to 

' our questions too. as children "migrate" from child- 
hood to adulthood, they will need to travel the unseen- 
road of Faith to, find God and a life worth living. 

May every bird on the wing remind us that God is in 
control. He will guide our lives to His glory. SKB 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



THOU, WHOSE BOUNTY 

Thou , whose bounty fills my cup 
With every blessing meet! 

1 give Thee thanks for every drop — 
The bitter and the sweet. 

I praise Thee for the desert road, 

And for the riverside; 
For all Thy goodness hath be-stowed, 

And all Thy grace denied. 

I thank Thee for both smile and frown, 

And for the gain and loss; 
I praise Thee for the future crown, 

And for the present cross. 

I thank Thee for the wing of love 
That stirred my worldly nest, 

And for the stormy clouds that drove 
The flutterer to Thy breast. 

I bless Thee for the glai increase, 

And for the waning joy; 
And for this strange, this settled peace, 

Which nothing can destroy. Amen. 

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THANKSGIVING TuOUGHTS 

Rejoice evermore. 

Pray without ceasing. 

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of 
God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Quench not the Spirit. 

Despise not prophesyings. 

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and 
I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be 
preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Faithful is he ti.at calleth you, who also will do 
It. 

Brethren, pray for us. 

Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 

I Thessalonians 5:16-26 

This passage is part of the good instruction in 
the encouraging letter to the Thessalonian church 
from Paul the .apostle. High on the list is the di- 
rection to give thanks — in everything give thanks. 
Paul doesn't write to give thanks just in the fall of 
the year or just when things are "going our way". 
Neither does he say to "complain evermore" and to 
"worry without ceasing". He writes of the victorious 
Christian attitude th#t we all can have. 

This thankful and joyful attitude does not come 
"naturally". It is not from the world or from the 
natural man. Neither -is it an automatic gift of God, 
r r Paul would not need to tell us to do these things. 
purely this attitude is the fruit of the Spirit. 
v Compare Galatians 5:22,23.) When we yield to God In 
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this is the blessed result. Philippians 2:13 says, 
"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and 
to do of his good pleasure. 1 ' The verse before (2; 12) 
says, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, 
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my 
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and 
trembling." We see that salvation, including all the 
good things that can be done in our lives, Is accom- 
plished by God but requires a willingness and obedi- 
ence in the heart of the believer. 

This thanksgiving requires the same process to be 
abundant in our lives. If we are yielded and obedient, 
God will bring forth this thankful attitude. 

Paul says to give thanks In everything. It Is in- 
teresting that the preposition used is "in" not "for". 
For Instance, we might not feel thankful for every 
trial and temptation, but we can certainly be thankful 
in every situation. "And we know that all things work 
together for good to them that love God, to them who 
are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) 

If our thanksgiving is just for food, freedom, and 
material blessings, it falls short of fullness. Sure- 
ly those of whom we read in nebrews 11:33-38 were 
thankful even though the record says "They were stoned 
they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with ' 
the sword: they wanaered about in sheepskins and 
goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of 
whom the world was not worthy: ) they wandered in 
deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of 
the earth. " We might try imagining ourselves in any 
one of these situations and then ask ourselves if m 
could be thankful in that condition. If we belong to 
Christ, we should and could be thankful in any state. 
I think that our thanksgiving would be even more abun- 
dant and more from the heart In a condition of physi- 
calneed. For it seems that when we have so much 'as 
we have in our country) we think we are entitled to it 
and even more. This is what the world and the adver- 
sary donate to our thinking. 

May we in this season and always abound in thanks- 
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B. 



thanks on blessings that are not physical and tem- 
poral — blessings that we will still have though we 
may lose all we see and touch. The blessings of sal- 
vation in Jesus Christ our Lord can no man take from 
us. — L.C. 



CHRISTIE WATCHFULNESS 



"My soul; be on thy guard." As I write these few 
words it makes me wonder what we as humans and living 
in. the flesh often seem to forget: that there is 
someone who is after our souls — someone who would like 
for us to grow slack in our watchfulness. As we go 
about our duties each day, are we really guarding our 
souls as the hymn starts out? 

"Ten thousand foes arise. The hosts of sin are 
pressing hard to draw thee from the skies." As our 
Father in heaven sends His angels down to minister for 
Him, Satan also has his angels, and isn ! t that just 
what he wants- — to draw us from the skies with his 
craftiness and cunning ways? He would delight in 
drawing us away from our view of heaven down to his 
satanic realm. 

As I read on to the next line, those three words, 
¥§±9hy fight and pray seem to really stand out. Are 
we really watching or guarding ourselves against the 
fiery darts of Satan? Or do we sometimes fall slack 
in doing this? I can say for myself I have been weak 
in doing this. We should not give in to any of our 
x^reaknesses, whether it be pride or a bad temper, 
jealousy or whatever it might be. We could go on and 
en mentioning different tools or tactics which Satan 
uses. I believe he works in different ways to differ- 
ent people simply because he knows each individual's 
weak points. We can see we all have different ones. 
We know Satan knows our weaknesses and that's exactly 
where he is going to work, or as it has been said, 
"drive his wedge". So what I am trying to say is that 
if we are not watching or guarding ourselves we will 
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work through us. Therefore we should close every 
avenue to Satan and his angels. As Apostle Paul says 
in Ephesians 4:26,27: "® e J e an S r y? an( i sin not: let 
not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neithe r give 
place to the devil . H 

But then we ask ourselves: how, though we guard 
ourselves closely, can we be a match to Satan's cun- 
ning and deceitful ways? We all know what to do, and 
that is to f ight and pray. Those are the two key 
words of becoming a match to all the wiles of the 
devil. Without this we would all be helpless. We 
should be very thankful that we all have a way to es- 
cape. 

First we would like to look at the word fight . As 
we read in Ephesians 6; 11 ; "Put on the whole armour 
of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles 
of the devil. 11 When we usually think of the word 
armour, we think of some kind of protection or defen- 
sive help. It would really be foolish for a soldier 
to go out to battle without some kind of armour around 
him. I'm afraid he would soon perish. So Apostle 
Paul says we need the armour of God. If we had no- 
thing to quench the fiery darts that Satan throws at 
us, I f m afraid we, too, would perish. The first thing 
to do when attacked is to put on the armour, "the 
whole armour," Paul says. 

The next would be to pray. In the eighteenth verse: 
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in 
the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all persever- 
ance and supplication for all saints." We can see 
these two things belong together. It is not enough to 
put on the armour of God alone. We must also pray. 
It is not enough just to pray but yet not have the ar- 
mour. One seems to grow out of tne other, but we do 
need both. 

But what really is the armour? The armour is Jesus 
and what He is prepared to be and do in each one of us. 
When Paul talks about these different pieces of armour 
he is speaking of Jesus and how we are to lay hold of 
Him as our defense against the attacks of the devil. 



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Therefore we need to know something about this armour 
in order to learn how to lay hold of Christ in a good 
or practical way. 

When we look a little closer we can see there could 
be two different groups of the pieces of armour. The- 
first three pieces compare to something we should have 
already done in the past if we are followers of our 
Lord because it starts out with the verb "having": 
"Having your loins girt about with truth, and having 
on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet 
shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." 
But the next group includes those things which are to 
be put on at the present moment: "Taking the shield 
of faith;" "Take the helmet of salvation, and the 
sword of the Spirit." We are to take up these aspects 
of Christ whenever we feel 'under attack. We know, too, 
that we have to take these pieces In the order in 
which they are given to us. 

The first: "Having your loins girt about with ■ 
truth." Whenever we feel discouraged, uncertain,- con- 
fused, depressed, or maybe defeated, this is the place 
to start. Whenever a Roman soldier went out to battle 
he would tuck his cloak up under his girdle in order 
to leave his legs free for battle.* It simply means to 
remind ourselves that when we gave our lives to Jesus 
ye found the truth and the key to life. We should re- 
member when doubts come and we feel defeated we have 
Jesus Who is the solid rock. He is unchanging, and 
"All other ground is sinking sand," as one hymn goes. 

"The breastplate of righteousness:" If we have 
this on, we can be secure that our heart and emotions 
are perfectly guarded and protected against attack. 
When Satan tries to get us down and we think we 1 re not 
good enough or that God is angry with us or distant 
from us, this is a satanic attack. Then we need to 
remember this piece of armour. We do not stand on our 
own merits . We gave up all and came to Christ so we 
came on his own merits. We are nothing of ourselves. 

The next is having our feet shod with the prepara- 
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that Christ is the truth. We have found the key to 
life. Then we stand on His merits and not on our own. 
The breastplate of righteousness protects the emotions. 
The result of having these is that our hearts are at 
peace. Jesus is able to bring peace to our hearts, 
which is what having our feet shod with the prepara- 
tion of the Gospel of peace is all about. 

Next we are instructed to take up the shield of 
faith. Faith is acting on belief — believing that 
Christ Is the truth and my righteousness and my peace, 
then acting on it. But Satan would like for us to 
doubt, which is always an attack on faith. But if we 
do have a strong enough faith we will be able to 
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked, as Apostle 
Paul says. 

So then why do we need the other pieces? Simply 
because we are not only to be conquerors, but in 
Romans 8:37 Paul says we are to be "more than con- 
querors'*. We are not only to win, we are to win vic- 
toriously, triumphantly, and abundantly. So ths next 
piece of armour would be, "Take the helmet of salva- 
tion." We know the helmet is to protect the head, the 
mind, and the ability to think and reason. This would 
be a great help to Satan to get our thinking off on 
the wrong track. We need this helmet of salvation to 
reason and to know right from wrong, especially in 
this dark and confused world. 

The last piece is the sword of the Spirit, which is 
the Word of God. We can think of no better example of 
this than when Jesus Himself was tempted in the wilder- 
ness. Jesus used this three times to Satan; "It is 
written." But we can't use this sword unless we know 
something about it. So we can see the importance of 
studying and knowing' for oneself what the Bible 
teaches. 

We have gone over these pieces of armour briefly, 
and I'm sure more could be said on each. We must have 
this armour and put it to use or we will not have vic- 
tory over Satan, let us always remember that Jesus is 
our armour working through us. Let us look and pray 



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to Him for our help in this great battle against the 
wicked one. Satan knows his time is getting shorter 
and he is trying all the harder to destroy and corrupt. 
In I Peter 5:8 we read: n Be sober, be vigilant; be- 
cause your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. " The hymn 
which we started out with says, n The battle ne'er give 
o'er." Let us renew it boldly every day and never 
think the victory won or once at ease sit down. Let 
us all be valiant soldiers, always keeping in mind we 
are fighting against someone who is very deceiving and 
powerful. Let us all fight and pray till life ends. 
This is our prayer. 

— Allen Bowser 

Napannee, Indiana 



A GREATER SIN THAN THAT OF SODOM 

From our youth we were taught that the sin of Sodom 
was great; so great that the Lord rained fire and brim- 
stone upon the city and destroyed It. We read In 
Genesis that men burned with lust one with another and 
in Ezekiel that Sodom was proud, rich in materials, 
yet unwilling to give to the poor. Also we read that 
theirs was an abundance of idleness, and no doubt this 
encouraged the work of Satan with increased entertain- 
ment and leisurely living. It has been said that what 
we learn from history is that we do not learn from his- 
tory; for as the sin : of Sodom was, so is the sin of 
mankind today. 

Yet there is a greater sin than that of Sodom; and 
that is to be called out of this world to live a sep- 
arate and holy life (II Corinthians 6:17), to be quick- 
ened by the Holy Spirit such that we have the mind of 
Christ (I Corinthians 2:1 6), and then let the cares 
and riches of this world beckon us into spiritual de- 
pravity (lukewarniness ). For we read in II Peter 2:21 
that It would be better not to have known the way of 
righteousness than to have known it and turned from 
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lukewarmness is so great that it would be better if 
we were cold or hot. 

It is misleading to believe that only those that 
leave the church are deceived. For the devil is wiser 
than that. He seeks to devour from within, to cast us 
into slumber and compromise through the deceitfulness 
of riches. Let us consider the nation of Israel who 
was called out of Egypt and led to a holy land to be 
the children of God. God, speaking through His ser- 
vant Szekiel (16:46-4-8), warned His children that 
their lukewarmness to serve him was greater than the 
sins of Samaria and Sodom. We read, "As I live, saith 
the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not dene, she nor 
her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daugh- 
ters. 1 ' " . . . Thou wast corrupted more than they in 
all thy ways. 11 As a chosen people, the children of 
Israel continually disobeyed their God — they married 
heathen, they sacrificed in heathen groves, they 
sought to whiten their hidden sins and yet to appear 
righteous. They became covetous: H - . . They sit be- 
fore thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but 
they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew 
much love, but their heart goeth after their covetous- 
ness." (Ezekiel 33:31) They knew the Lord's will but 
did not do it: a great sin- 
Spiritual lukewarmness often manifests itself out- 
wardly. Once the inner contentment of walking in the 
light is gone, it Is replaced by an outwardly reli- 
gious show of dissimulated love (Romans 12:9): back- 
patting and so-called religious talk, literature, mu- 
sic, and even jewelry. God manifests Himself through 
a meek and quiet spirit, that no man should glory in 
the flesh (I Corinthians 1:29), rather than manifesting 
Himself through a medium that only to the world ap- 
pears righteous. This difference is often the differ- 
ence between the person who lives a good, moral life 
in the eyes of the world (church attending, charitable 
works, etc., but never coming to the knowledge of the 
truth) and the person truly washed in the blood of the 
Lamb (broken, humble, unspotted from the world, self- 
denying, bringing forth fruit from an imputed 



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righteousness). A true manifestation of God will be 
discarded by the world, Christ being the chief example 
of this. "If the world hate you, ye know that it 
hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, 
the world would love his own: but because ye are not 
of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, 
therefore the world hateth you.'* (St. John 15:18,19) 

Lukewarmness is fed by a lack of spiritual medita- 
tion; whether it be gathering with believers or even 
more important, time spent in quiet meditation alone 
with our God. "Study to shew thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth net to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy 2;15) "Ex- 
amine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove 
your own selves." (II Corinthians 13:5) "Proving what 
is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship 
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather 
reprove them." (Ephesians 5-10,11) Lukewarmness is 
also fed by uncertain riches; for riches constantly 
beckon us to put our trust in them and they seem to 
lift us above the lowly, humble, suffering life of 
Christ. 

Following lukewarmness comes a distortion of the 
Scriptures. For it is only natural (of the flesh) for 
man to change the meaning of the Herd to fit his life, 
rather than change the meaning of his life to conform 
to the Word. This can affect us all if we do not ask 
for a discerning spirit and if we are not truly broken 
and ready to bear our cross. "For the time will come 
when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after 
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, 
having itching ears*" (II Timothy 4:3) 

Distortion of the Word is often promoted by languitge 
that is foreign to the Scripture, such as the phrase, 
"Accept Christ". We must accept God's Word which in- 
cludes all of the New Testament's precepts. How else 
shall we stand? But when this phrase is consistently 
used in reference to Salvation, life-giving meaning 
can be lost because it does not denote a surrender or 
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of the Word is also promoted by the over-emphasizing 
of one portion of Scripture, only to the neglect of 
another. Love is the great commandment given in the 
New Testament, and there is nothing to replace true 
Christian tenderheartedness* But when this word is 
taken out of context and over-emphasized to the point 
where there is no discernment and an acceptance of 
evil, then the Word is changed. "Let love be without 
dissimulation (pretense). Abhor that which is evilj 
cleave to that which is good." (Romans 12:9) 

We should never seek to whiten even the smallest 
sin, whether it be our own or someone else's, because 
sin is sin no matter who commits it. But we should 
always, without question, be kind, patient, and meek 
with all men, forgiving one another even as Christ has 
forgiven us. There is a vast difference between for- 
giving our brother for his wrongdoing (whether the 
evil was against us or the church) and making com- 
promise with It. The difference is lukewarmness — a 
greater sin than that of Sodom. James offers a solu- 
tion (5:16), " Confess your faults one to anotner, and 
pray one for another ; that ye may be healed." 



— Brad R. Bahler 
Wolcott, Indiana 

Selected by Stanley Brubaker 



TOO BUSY 

Too busy to write a note today, 

Or to stop to chat as we go our way, 

Too busy another 1 s sorrow to share, 

Or let them know we really care, 

Too busy to help someone in need, 

Or do a thoughtful, kindly deed, 

Too busy to see how a sick friend fares; 

What if God were too busy to hear our prayers? 

Author unknown 

Selected by Leona Miller 



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HISTORICAL 
MORE ON THE PI&TIbTo OF EUROPE 

Two more Pietists of Germany were outstanding in 
their time and influential to the early Brethren. The 
first is Gottfried Arnold ( 1666-1 71 4). He is termed 
a "radical Pietist" or one who separated from the 
formal church. He studied at the University of 
Wittenberg and became an accomplished writer on the 
subject of the piety and way of life of the early 
Christians. He was given a professorship in the 
University of Giessen but resigned after one year 
explaining that "academic life fostered pride." 

Arnold wrote, in 1699 and 1700, his Impartial 
History of the Ch urch and the Heretics . Here he em- 
phasized what many of the martyrs also stated in 

heir answers when they were called before the offi- 
cials — that often the persecuted "heretics" were real- 
ly members of the true Church and the formal church 
leaders persecuting them were imposters. The peace- 
able, Spirit-led Church of Jesus Christ has never been 
and will not be a persecuting power. Though some fac- 
tual errors are found in his history, his writings 
nevertheless influenced the Brethren by providing a 
description of early Christian life which they at- 
tempted to imitate. 

Ernest Christopher Hochman von Hochenau (1670-1721) 
was the man considered the most influential to the 
early Brethren movement. Many of the first Brethren 
were his converts who highly respected his views but 
were later compelled to break with him over doctrinal 
issues. * 

Hochman was born of a noble family In northern 
Germany. He studied law in several universities, but 
gave this up to become a wandering preacher after he 
experienced a drastic conversion or "awakening" to the 
Christian faith. Preaching in Germany, Switzerland, 
and the Netherlands, his message of love for Jesus and 
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appealed to many of both rich and poor. His course 
was so contrary to the formalism of the established 
churches that he was imprisoned and beaten many times. 
He claimed that "he was so used to enduring a 'backful 
of blows 1 for Jesus 1 sake, that it did not bother him 
any more. H 

Hochman lived a simple life. He first came to 
Schriesheim on invitation from Alexander Mack in '1706. 
Meetings were held in Mack's mill. Here the Pietist 
movement prospered, and the authorities answered with 
arrests and attempts to suppress it. Hochman later 
lived at Schwarsenau in a little hut he called 
"Friedensburg" or "Castle of Peace". 

When the Brethren first organised and began baptiz- 
ing, he cautiously gave them encouragement but did not 
join them. His main concern was that they might be- 
come "sectarian" and judge those who did not agree 
with them. Hochman 1 s later communications indicate 
that he felt this very thing had happened. As the 
Brethren movement grew, he became more and more crit- 
ical of their organization. It is said that Alexander 
Mack also criticized h»-even publicly on one occasion. 

Perhaps Hochman T s life could be described as one of 
pious reaction. His emphasis centered on the inward 
life in Christ to the exclusion of nearly all outward 
forms. And it is no wonder seeing the conditions of 
the state churches which taught only forms and outward 
obedience. For example, though he opposed infant bap- 
tism, he still maintained that his baptism which he 
received as an infant was sufficient as he had the in- 
ward baptism of the Spirit and fire by the Lord. 
While we cannot uphold this view or support it by 
Scripture, we can value Hochman 's teaching and example 
as a means God used "to awaken and guide the early 
Brethren in true heart devotion. -- L*C. 

Information from European Origins of the Brethren , 
by Donald Durnbaugh ' 



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PREGIOUS PROMISES 

Precious promises, precious promises, 
Brought by Jesus Christ, God's beloved Son; 
Jesus has taught them, and He has bought them 
With His blood on the cross for everyone. 

Precious promises, precious promises, 
Do not come to us while we walk sin ! s path; 
But every promise, God will keep from us 
And will condemn us in the day of wrath. 

Precious promises, precious promises, 
Sent down from heaven and given to men; 
Our Father will bless when we do confess 
His Son as Saviour and repent of sin. 

Precious promises, precious promises, 

Of greater value than the world is worth; 

To all who repent, the Spirit is sent, 

To teach, lead, and keep, and give the new birth; 

Precious promises, precious promises, 
The crucified Lamb from the tomb has come; 
He forever lives, life eternal gives, 
Unto all who seek and serve God's kingdom. 

Precious promises, precious promises, 

Jesus is coming to receive His own; 

The Lord will tajce them and He will make them 

To reign with Him in glory in His throne, 

CHORUS: 

Precious promises, precious promises, 
And exceeding great to us are given, 
But to receive them, we must believe Him, 
Who came down to us from God in heaven. 

— Eollis Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 



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THANKS AND PRAYER 

Oh, Son of God, to Thee we sing I 
Unto Thy throne of grace we bring 
Our song in chorus, full and clear; 
Incline to us Thy heart and ear. 
To Thee we sing I 

Vie give Thee thanks, oh Lamb of God, 
That on the cross beam Thou hast bought 
For us salvation, peace and grace 
With Thee in Heaven 1 s resting place! 
We give Thee thanks I 

We now rejoice, Lord Jesus Christ, 

That Thou from death and grave didst rise. 

Thou livest now, oh Lord, and we 

Hope Thou wilt take us unto Thee. 

We now rejoice! 

Oh, Prince of Life, we are Thine own, 
The flock Thou guide st from Thy throne. 
And we ourselves and all award, 
Forever unto Thee, oh Lord! 
We are Thine own!- 

Eraw us to Thee, exalted One! 

Extend Thy hand from Heaven 1 s throne, 

That we may follow faithful, true, 

In trials and afflictions, too; 
Draw us to; Thee! 

Abide with us, Immanuel! 
Thou Prince most strong in Israel! 
Our Strength and Fortress be, we pray; 
And lead us safely all the way. 
Abide with us! 

From Zion 1 s Harp 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 
KILLING FROST 

In the springtime, It ! s amazing, how new plants grow 
up, seemingly from nowhere, to completely change the 
landscape. And, somehow, they keep growing all summer 
long — a little one day, a little the next, until we 
suddenly realise that the familiar scenes of winter 
have been screened out by summer 1 s dense foliage. The 
foundation of the house Is hidden behind flowers. The 
trees by the lam have become, a solid fence of beauty 
that we cannot see through. The hills and forests 
stand transformed by the slow steady growth of thou- 
sands of mosses, grasses, shrubs, and trees. But soon 
comes the cold* 

How quickly things change when the first hard frost 
arrives. The tomato vines, recently lush and green, 
are black and drooping. The last flowers of summer — 
just ready to open — wither instead and turn brown. 
The tall plants In the garden grow smaller again, 
sagging and falling beneath the merciless frosts. 

What could be compared to killing frosts? Gould we 
say that jealousy Is like such a frost? Doesn't jeal- 
ousy wither budding love and blossoming friendships? 
And what about anger? and Impatience? and selfish- 
ness? and disrespect? . . . and a dozen others — can T t 
we see how they settle down like chilling winds from 
the north to make warm lives and gay hearts begin to 
droop, and \vreaken, and fall? 

In the world of nature, killing frosts are neces- 
sary. But where the love of God is, our lives will be 
kept warm and tender and growing, as we share His sun- 
shine and beauty all through the day. — SKB 



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n Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



WHEN JESUS CAME 

When Jesus came the, lights burned low; 

Stars gleaming in the sky; 
And people sat in darkened glow 

And lew, despairing cry. 

Death reigned from Adam 1 s darkened day; 
Prophets foretold the dawn; 

The morning star lights scon to play- 
Till sunlight coming on. 

Angels in glory filled the sky; 

Ih wonder shepherds gase; 
In haste their many footsteps fly 

Where Jesus sleeping lies. 

And so the wise men travel far 

Across the desert sand^ 
Guided by the bright morning star 

Unto that promised land, 

C blessed day when darkness fades 

Away in daylight bright, 
And hope*s day dawns in brighter shades 

Of an increasing light. 

When Jesus came, till Jesus comes, 

The day of hope, and cheer 
Gives peace and joy in Christian homes 

Increasing year on year. 

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BOM KING OF THE JEWS 

Not many babies are born kings. It is a rare priv- 
ilege, but perhaps even more, a heavy responsibility. 
To be born a king means to have a king for a father 
and, in most cases, to be his firstborn. One born a 
Icing begins a life of special care and training. Or- 
dinary teachers and companions are not suitable . They 
must be screened and prepared because of the impor- 
tance of the development of this special child. 

Jesus was born a king in a larger sense than any 
other. But His was a lowly birth — not like that of an 
earthly king. His mother and Joseph were poor and not 
able to rear Him in a king r s palace. But His Heavenly 
Father made all the special preparation necessary. He 
prepared a body for this Eternal One to inhabit that 
In it He might live among men, bear their infirmities, 
and finally offer Himself for the sins of the world. 
No earthly king ever did or could have done this. 

When Jesus was born, his nation was in subjection 
to the powerful Roman Empire and had had no real king 
for over 585 years. Besides this, it was a tiny na- 
tion — one that bore little resemblance to Israel in 
its splendor under King David and King Solomon. It 
had fallen, following the pattern of so many other na- 
tions of the world that had their day and then de- 
clined. But Israel was not like other nations, and 
God is not bound by patterns and precedents. When 
Jesus was born King of the Jews, God began a new pat- 
tern. 

Jesus' royal birth was announced by angels. It had 
been prophesied centuries before. Wise men from the 
East saw a special star ana came to investigate. 
"Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we 
have seen his star in the east, and are come to wor- 
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had not received these revelations. He did not even 
know where the Jews' Messiah should be born. But the 
priests and scribes and people knew — Bethlehem. 
Crafty Herod pretended interest, but he had only one 
aim — to maintain .his office at all cost. This newborn 
King could be a threat. We all know the result of his 
murderous jealousy, but God protected His Son. 

The star appeared again to lead the wise men to 
Jesus in Bethlehem just as the prophet had foretold. 
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the 
young child with hary his mother, and fell down, and 
worshipped him: and when they had opened their treas- 
ures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frank- 
Incense, and myrrh. 11 (Matthew 2:11) 

These men as well as the shepherds, oimeon, Anna, 
and perhaps others gave Him a welcome befitting His 
rank. But for most, the event brought little notice. 
Satan would have the account end there, obscuring His 
mission and His coronation and His everlasting reign. 
Worldly "scholars" would class Him with the wise men 
of the past, "ahead of his time u , with much good to 
tell us, sadly mistreated and silenced as other philos- 
ophers. But Jesus was much more. No philosopher or 
king or wise man ever rose from the dead. Mo other 
said ". . . I have power to lay it (my life) down, and 
I have power to take it again. . ." No one else could 
say, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth. " 

Jesus explained His position to Pilate who repeat- 
edly referred to Him as King of the Jews. Jesus told 
him, "Ky kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom 
were of this. world, then would my servants fight, that 
I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now. is mj 
kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto 
him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest 
that I am a king. To this end was- I born, and for " 
this cause came I into the world, that I should bear 
witness unto the truth. Every one that Is of the 
truth heareth raj voice." (John 18:36,37) 

So Jesus is a King — the greatest King the world has 
ever known — and He has a kingdom with more subjects 



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than any other kingdom. He was born a King because 
His Father is the King of Heaven, and He is the only 
begotten Son of the Father. But He tells us that His 
kingdom is not of this world. Where is it then? 
Isn't He even the King of the Jews as David was? Yes, 
we are sure He is this and more. His earthly lineage 
was right for Him to inherit the throne of David. But 
God promised to David that his house and his kingdom 
should be established forever. This everlasting 
Kingdom is the Kingdom over which Jesus will reign as 
Eternal King. Isaiah prophesied (9:6,7), "For unto 
us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the 
government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name 
shall be called Wonderful, Gounseller, The mighty God, 
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the 
increase of his government and peace there shall be 
no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, 
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and 
with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal 
of the Lord of hosts will perform this." 

Jesus tells us He will come again, and this time 
not as a baby in a manger. Revelation 19:1^-16 is one 
account foretelling His coming. Verse 16 says: "And 
he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, 
KING OF KINGS,, AND LORD OF LORDS J' 

Yes, Jesus is a King and He has a Kingdom. He was 
born King of the Jews, but his Kingdom is for all who 
will come to Him, be born of the Spirit, and follow 
Him. We can crown Him King of our lives today and in- 
herit the eternal life promised to ail who are born 
into that Heavenly Kingdom. 

Revelation 11 ;1 5' records as certain prophecy: "And 
the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices 
In heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are be- 
come the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and 
he shall reign for ever and ever." — L*C. 



Thou art worthy, Lord, to receive glory and 
honour and power: for thou hast created all things, 
and for thy pleasure they are and were created, 

— Revelation 4:11 



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GOD'S WILL AND MAN'S TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY 

Pulpits and radios are flourishing with the teach- 
ings that "Nothing that man does counts in the matter 
of salvation, " making it easy for man also to believe 
that nothing that he does in the matter of right liv- 
ing is of any great importance* Plainly stated, man 
is saved by doing — God f s will, and remains saved the 
same way; BY DOING GOD'S WILL. This is not "man's 
good works which is filthy rags." but it is God's 
will working in and through man; that (God's will) 
being done by man and working for man both saves and 
keeps saved. The lost and the saved both must know 
this before they will have any interest in God's will, 
and before they will know to carry out their responsi- 
bility in the matter of salvation and right living* 

Grace is God's part : Ephesians 2:8; "For by 
grace are ye saved. . . and that not of yourselves: 
it is the gift of God*" Titus 2:11: "For the grace 
of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all 
men." This is God's eternal favor to us. It is His 
good will toward lost man. We had no part in bringing 
this about, nor could we have had. We do not deserve 
it, nor can we in any way win it as an award, nor 
merit it. On God's part to man, it is the offer g>f a 
gift for acceptance, as long as there will be lost 
sinners to be saved. Please remember, it is for ac- 
ceptance, according to God's will * 

Faith is man's part : Jesus said (hark 11 ;22), 
"Have faith in God," a command for man to do the will 
of God. Galatians 3:26: "For ye are all the children 
of God by faith." A living faith in God is an obedi- 
ent act toward God, and that is what a sinner must 
have and do to be saved, and that is what a Christian 
must have and do to live godly. God's offer stands 
to all unsaved; man's faith moves him to accept; this 
is God's will and the only means of salvation. Man 
must be taught the wonders of God's grace in Christ 
Jesus, but he must also be taught his own sinfulness 
before he can receive the Saviour to save from sin. 
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the Saviour to be saved . (Man must DO, TO BE saved.) 
yhere are many harmful teachings which are part truth . 

1 . "There is nothing you can do in the matter of 
your salvation." As far as God's part is concerned, 
this is entirely true; as far as man's part is con- 
cerned, man has the total remaining responsibility. 
If salvation is to come to the sinner's house, he 
must make the next move — he MOST DO. Acts 16:31; 
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be 
saved* 11 Acts 2:38j "Repent . . . for the remission 
of sins." Romans 10:9r> "Confess with thy mouth. . . 
believe in thine heart. . . thou shalt be saved." 
Romans 10:13; "Call upon the name of the Lord (and 
thou) shalt be saved." Proverbs 28:18; "Whoso 
walketh uprightly shall be saved." Matthew 10:22: 

". . .He that endureth to the end shall be saved," 

Whether it is the beginning of man's salvation in 
his life, which may be but a momentary act of God, or 
whether it is the final triumph in living that life, 
it is man*s responsibility throughout. Gcd does not 
force men and women to get good, but man must make 
that decision for salvation, and he must keep it made 
a lifetime for final results. I know that God does 
His part, and far more , but He has also given man to 
understand that he has a serious lifetime responsibil- 
ity to get to heaven. 

2. "What you do vail never save you*" As to 
God's part, which, is already done, Yesj.this.is en- 
tirely correct. But as to man's part, God will never 
save him until he DOES something about his lost con- 
dition • He must yield for God to do. 

3» "All you have to do is believe." The Bible 
does say, "Believe . . . and be saved. 11 The Bible 
makes it plain that there always has been (and is 
now) more dead faith than there is living faith. 
Faith wanes when it does not grow. The apostles rec- 
ognized this and prayed, "Lord, increase our faith." 
In Acts 8:9-24, Simon believed and was baptized, but 
his heart was not right in the sight of Gcdj he needed 



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to repent. A living faith in man gives all credit to 
the work of God through Christ, and position places 
man to receive the offered Gift. 

4. "Obedience is a secondary matter since the Law*" 
This is an erroneous teaching. No one can have faith 
without obedience; for faith is an obedient act to 
God. Obedience to God. in New Testament times is of no 
less importance than it was under the Lav/. More is 
expected of God's children now than under the Old 
Econoi^y. The Law said, "Thou shalt not kill" (take 
life). Jesus said, "He that hateth his brother is a 
murderer." Again, the Law said, "Thou shalt not com- 
mit adultery. " Jesus said he that "looketh on a woman 
to lust after her hath committed adultery with her al- 
ready xn his heart." We have acia-1 power to live 
right, which power can be used OllLJ for holy living. 
We have much greater freedom in Christ, but it MUST BE 
IN CHRIST. According to Hebrews we have something 
better; then it must be used in a better way. The 
Bible is clear that "more" and "batter" things ad4 to 
man's responsibility. The New Testament brought new 
and greater responsibilities, and these responsibili- 
ties are none other than to obey God's will (to do 
what God says). Man is saved by doing what God says, 
and he is kept the same way. So obedience to . God on 
the part of man is all that counts with God, Our love 
to Him is proved by our obedience to His commands. 
(John U:23; 15.10,K) 

A fex; facts become' clear in the car eful s tudy of th e 
Scriptures * 

1 • God placed me n and women on earth to h ave His 
wJ.ll done thr ough jjfeegu Nothing else counts with God, 
for time or for eternity. He that " heareth these say- 
ings of mine, and doer : h them." "If a man love me, he 
will keep my words. 1 * "If ye keep, my commandments, ye 
shall abide in my love." "Ye are my friends,, if ye do 
whatsoever I command you," "He that shall endure to 
the end, the same shall be saved." -"He that doeth the 
will of God abideth forever." This is not a religion 
of "good works"; it is a religion *f God's will and 



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uie only religion that God ever gave . It is a reli- 
gion wherein man entirely yields to God for all that 
God has for him. It Is a religion wherein man must 
■and gladly will) open his heart and mind to the true 
r-aaning of God r s will, and open his life to the per- 
fect practice of God's will. 

2. God T s will and plan needs no adjustments . Ken 
and women everywhere! The adjustments which are nec- 
essary to be made to be reconciled to God are ours . 
It is man's decision, to be maintained a lifetime. 
We take the Word (Will) of God as it is, without adding, 
.subtracting, or misinterpreting; and the difference 
between doing this or not doing; it is heaven and hell. 
God has not asked our counsel nor advice; He has given 
us His will which is our responsibility. 

By D. D. Mller 

Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 



NOT AN IOTA OF DIFFERENCE 



The fourth century Arian heresy engaged the church 
for more than fifty years in a controversy over a sin- 
gle Greed iota — homoousios vs. homoiousios. What 
might seem to have been a senseless exercise in theo- 
logomachy (contention about words), m reality In- 
volved the serious question of whether mankind has in 
Jesus Christ a true mediator, or simply another created, 
£ lnite prophet capable only of pointing up the un» 
oridged gulf between God and man* Many theologians 
and church leaders also view present day doctrinal 
discussions as meaningless disputations carried on by 
naive non-intellectuals. Apparently it makes not one 
iota of difference whether one is Amillemalist, Pre- 
nillennialist, or Postmillennialist; Transsubstatia- 
bionist, Consubstatiationist, or Symbolist, Arminian 
or Calvinist, Congregationalist or Episcopalian. Con- 

emporary scholars seem more concerned with chasing 
Hffcer... phantasmic redactors of Scripture that they 
are in investigating God T s Word as it applies to man*s 



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needs. While many doctrinal disputes have certainly 
been banal and contra productive^ doctrinal apathy } we 
believe % is bound to result in spiritual anemia. The 
philosophy which makes belief more important than the 
thing believed cannot but result in religious anarchy. 
Not only so ? but it is self-destructive, Many, who 
have allowed themselves to be convinced that "it makes 
no difference what you believe just so long as you be- 
lieve it/ 1 have concluded (with justifiable logic) 
that if what you believe is indif f erent , then belief 
itself must be indifferent. 

This general apathy toward the object of our belief 
can in no way be harmonized with the Scriptures' em- 
phasis on doctrinal orthodoxy. First century persons 
were accepted into the fellowship of the saints not on- 
ly on the basis of moral conduct, but also on the basis 
of doctrinal soundness. (John 8:24-32; II Peter 2:3; 
II Timothy 2:11-18) Jesus denounced those whose teach- 
ing represented man's commandments, and not God's doc- 
trine (Matthew 15:9) > Paul affirmed that there were 
those who would believe a lie and be damned for it. 
(II Thessalonians 2:11); John denounced those who would 
not abide in Christ's doctrine (teaching) , declaring 
them to be without God. (II. John 9) Nor was the teach- 
ing which they promulgated simply an abstract concept 
to be accepted intellectually, "What was taught in- 
volved a system of doctrine which was to be obeyed 
(Romans 6:1?) and defended (Jude 3)* 

Emphasis on ecumenicity during the last couple of 
decades has led to a relaxing of tension among those 
of contrasting doctrinal positions. Such is greeted 
auspiciously by all* men of good will. When we learn 
kindness j iove ? meekness, and compassion ^ we are learn- 
ing to be more like Christ; but we must never allow 
these attributes to deteriorate into doctrinal anes- 
thesia. We can stand up for and defend vigorously the 
"faith once delivered to the saints ," without being 
hateful and unkind; but we must not., In the name of 
kindness and tolerance, allow ourselves to be "tossed 
about with every wind of doctrine." 



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Paul suggests "speaking the truth in love" as a 
well balanced guideline. Surely the need for "truth 
in love" has never been greater than in our own day. 
In a society drifting without direction In a sea of 
relativity, we need "men of the cloth" who will stand 
for something. Those of us who have accepted the 
challenge of proclaiming the word of God need to feel 
in the very depths of our being the onerous responsi- 
bility of examining carefully what God has revealed 
in His word, and then declaring it lovingly and meek- 
ly, but forcefully and without compromise. 

"The time will come," said the apostle Paul, "when 
they will not endure sound doctrine..." That time no 
doubt has come in the past, and will come again in 
the future if the world continues; but our time, also, 
is that kind of time. So, now, as then, if we are 
God ! s men, we need to "preach the word; be instant in 
reason, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with 
all longsuffering and doctrine." This is the spirit 
which characterises those who "do the work of an 
evangelist, u and "make full proof" of their ministry. 

By Keith Robinson in Alternative 



NATIVITY OF THE SAVIOUR 

Wake, my soul, and hail the morn, 

For unto us, a Saviour's born; 
See how the angels wing their way 

To usher in the glorious dayl 

Hark I what sweet music — what a song 

Sounds from the bright, celestial throng 1 

Sweet song — whose melting sounds impart 
Joy to each raptured, listening heart. 

Come, join the angels In the sky, 
Glory to God, who reigns on high; 

Let peace and love on earth abound, 

While time revolves and years roll round. 

Selected from The Testimony of Truth , 1926 



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JESUS COMES ON CLOUDS TRIUMPHANT 

Jesus came, the heavens adoring,, 

Came with peace from realms on high; 

Jesus came for man's redemption, 
Lowly came on earth to die; 
Hallelujah I Hallelujah! 
Came in deep humility. 

Jesus comes again in mercy, 

When our hearts are bowed with care; 
Jesus comes again in answer 

To an earnest , heartfelt prayer; 
Hallelujah I Hallelujah 1 

Comes to save us from despair, 

Jesus comes to hearts rejoicing, 
Bringing news of sins forgiven; 

Jesus comes in sounds of gladness, 
Leading souls redeemed to heaven; 

Hallelujah 1 Hallelujah! 
Now the gate of death is riven, 

Jesus comes in joy and sorrow, 
Shares alike our hopes and fears; 

Jesus comes whate T er befalls us, 

Glads our hearts, and dries our tears; 

Hallelujah I Hallelujah t 
Cheering e'en our failing years. 

Jesus comes on clouds triumphant , 
When the heavens shall pqss away; 

Jesus comes again in glory: 
Let us then our homage pay,, 
Hallelujah! ever singing, 

Till the dawn of endless day. 

By Godfrey Thring 
Selected by Susie Wagner 



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HISTORICAL 

THE MOTHER CONGREGATION IN GERMMY 

1708 Is a memorable year to the church of the 
German Baptist Brethren, 

In that year at ochwarzenau, Province of Wittgen- 
stein, in Besse-Gassel, was enacted a remarkable scene* 
Light pious souls, after careful prayer and prolonged 
study j relying only upon God and the Bible to guide 
them and their followers forever,, walked slowly, sol- 
emnly and heroically from the house of Alexander Mack 
Lo the river Eder, which, like a silver thread, wound 
its way through the heart of a rich and varied land- 
scape. Here the pious eight, in the early morning, 
surrounded by many curious witnesses, knelt in prayer, 
md, then one of them led Alexander Mack into the water 
^.nd immersed him three times, in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost* Then 
Alexander hack baptized the other seven, and these 
eight, perhaps the first to receive trine immersion in 
the history of the Protestant Church, then organized a 
new congregation. This new congregation chose one of 
•heir number, Alexander Mack, as their leader, and 
hus began the Taufers or German Baptist Church , as a 
separate and distinct organization. These eight mem- 
tars, the beginning of the church, were, — 

1. Alexander Mack 5, George Grebi 

2. Anna Margaretta Mack 6. Lucas Vetter 

3. Joanna Noethiger, or Bony 7- John Kipping 

4. Andrew Bony 8. Joanna Kipping 

These eight members of the pioneer church were not 
a group of local enthusiasts, nor were they irreli- 
gious prior to the organization of the Taufers or 
Tunkers, Alexander Mack was from Schriesheim; Luke 
Votter and George Grebi were from Hesse-Cassel; Andrew 
Bony was from Basle in Switzerland; and John Kipping 
v v-as from Bareit in Wurtemberg. They were refugees 
from intolerance and persecution, living temporarily 
in Wittgenstein, because it was at that time ruled by 



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the mild and humane Count Heinrieh von Wittgenstein. 

They were ail members of a Protestant church be- 
fore 1708. Kipping was a Lutheran, Mack, Vetter, 
Bony, and Grebi were bred Presbyterians. (The word 
"Presbyterian" in this connection means Preformed* } 
But they were by no means satisfied with the formalism 
and ritualism with which their spirits' were oppressed. 
On the other hand they could not fully and unreserved- 
ly adopt the faith of the Pietists whose utter hatred 
for all church organization had led them to abandon 
the ordinances of the house of God. Rejecting on the 
one hand the creed of man, and on the other hand the 
abandonment of ordinances, they turned to the Bible 
for guidance. From God's Word they learned that or- 
dinances were vital and areed unnecessary. Adopting 
the Bible as their rule and guide they organized a 
church with no creed, and with all the ordinances as 
taught by Jesus and his followers, as recorded in the 
New Testament. Their position is unique. They have 
no counterpart in history, save the mother churches 
established by Paul and the disciples. They are 
Protestant without a formed Protestant creed. They 
are Pietists without the ultra church-in- the- spirit 
doctrines of Spener and his followers. 

It was much in their favor as a body of believers 
to be able, as they were, to protest against formal 
religion and not go to the extreme of utter disorgan- 
ization. 

They believed Jesus had given them a creed and had 
likewise given them the necessary ordinances to keep 
the body of believers steadfast for him. Abandoning 
all precedents among denominations, studying zealously 
to know the right, living in an atmosphere that was 
heavy with religious agitation, surrounded by men of 
all faiths, and carving out of the confusion and tur- 
moil of a turbulent age the simple faith and practice 
so precious to their followers, they proved, by their 
actions, that tiaey were men of no mean training, and 
that they were possessed of a courage and heroism that 
mounts almost to the sublime. 

From A HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN p. 29-34 M. G. Brumbaugh 



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THE ENUNCIATION 

My soul doth magnify the Lord, 
My spirit with Him in accord; 
In Him my spirit doth rejoice 
Since I have made of Him my choice. 

Great things He's promised now to me, 
The mother of my Lord to be; 
I shall be blest forevermore, 

From now till time snail all be o'er. 

My poverty has turned to gold; 
Great wealth I in my hand shall hold; 
A Gift from Heaven I shall embrace 
And see my Saviour face to face* 

My cousin, too,. by Gabriel thrilled, 
Is with the Holy Spirit filled; 
Elisabeth doth now rejoice — 
Soon shall be heard the Prophet 1 s voice. 

She, too, has blessed His Holy Name 
And helped to spread abroad his fame, 
And Zacharias doth declare 
How richly now all men may fare. 

His arm is strong and will prevail; 
His grace and mercy never fail; 
The hungry now are filled with good, 
All may partake of heavenly food. 

The humble shall exalted be 

And to the Infant bow the knee; 

They 1 re rich in stores of truth and grace 

Bestowed on Adam's fallen race. 

Thus was fulfilled God's Holy Word, 
The message from the angel heard; 
The Prophet filled a martyr's grave; 
Ghrist gave His life the world to save. 

— David Mohler 



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THE UNSPEAKABLE GIFT 

Before their God Who gave them breath, 
Adam and Eve did fall in death; 
In great mercy our God does lift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

From fair Eden man and his wife 
Were driven from the tree of life; 
God's grace has spanned the mighty rift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

God's Son came down to us in love 
From His Father's glory above; 
Jesus stood true when batan "ifed", 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

The Lamb of God for us was slain; 
With Him we shall forever reign; 
Our love for God shall never shift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

Receive the gift that God does give; 
Believe, repent, and ever live; 
Satan desires your soul to sift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

Our sins are cleansed in Jesus 1 blood; 
Our bodies washed in waters flood; 
In the Spirit we cannot drift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

From death's dark grave Jesus did rise 
To reign with God and win life's prize; 
His own He will to glory lift; 
Christ is the unspeakable Gift! 

CHORUS: 

Oh Gift so good! Oh perfect Gift! 
Come now to me, my spirit lift; 
Oh Gift unspeakable and free! 
Oh Gift of life, come no\j to me! 

— Hollis Flora 
Greenville, Ohio 



"LESSONS FROM NATURE" SERIES 

FEEDING THE BIRDS 

Every fall, when cold winds become sharp and snow 
•Jiitens the earth, a strange thing happens* People go 
to stores and grain elevators to buy thousands of tons 
af seeds which they cannot eat, for the birds. 

Even people who do not love God cannot help but ad- 
mire His handiwork. Once a person has seen the grace- 
ful beauty of birds up close to his window, he is glad 
:,o spend a few dollars to help his little friends sur- 
vive the winter. And the variety of birds that come 
is amazing. We little knew what strange wonders live 
-round us until we invite them for a visit and a meal. 

If we faithfully put out bread crumbs, scraps, suet 
znd seeds through the winter—especially during cold 
_.::aps and ice storms— the birds will soon trust us, and 
Khe feeder can be moved closer to the window. On frosty 
■winter days, birds will fly far to find such a feeder. 

Many worthwhile lessons are learned at a bird feed- 
er. We see that birds are busy. ALways in motion, 
t v ie y teach us to rise early, work hard during the day- 
right hours, and rest at evening. And they brighten 
cur lives while working. 

Another lesson is their wariness — they are always 
|erking their heads around to keep one eye on the sky. 
We also must watch continually; for our enemy, the 
levil, is far more dangerous than a swooping hawk, 

A third lesson is their dependency on God. Without 
-'.he seeds and berries, they would soon die. If they 
-mid speak, they would say with the Psalmist David, 
''-Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of 
every living thing. n — SKB 



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